Damarri Mathis missed the entire 2020 season with an injury but came roaring back into the picture in 2021 with a big season helping the Pittsburgh defense to an ACC Championship appearance. Mathis is currently pursuing his second major at Pittsburgh. His first major (already earned) is in communications, while his next major is in the administration of justice. Mathis is an incredibly bright and talented individual who brings a lot of versatility to the field.
CB – #21 Pittsburgh
Year: Redshirt Senior
High School: Lakeland (Lakeland, FL)
HS Rating: 3 star (0.8577)
Phil Steele: PS#201
Damarri Mathis Scouting Report
Good speed for the position. Accelerates very well, especially after changing direction. Upper body strength leaves some room to be desired. Doesn’t have great core strength. Turns his hips and accelerates well. Good at changing positions. Flashes some recovery ability. Works back into the play very quickly when he’s been out-leveraged for positioning.
Decent tackler. Would like to see him play stronger, but he has a good wrap-up and doesn’t often let go. Isn’t afraid of contact or bigger targets. Comes downhill well and initiates contact on the runner, which can be a factor as a run defender. Typically takes strong pursuit angles. Tries to stay in the hip pocket of the receiver and force the receiver to make a drastic attempt to separate. Plays football very well. Very physical in man coverage and will draw flags but can be very disruptive.
Attacks the catch point. Smart to know that when he’s beat deep, he takes the 15-yards and tackles the receiver to save the touchdown. Good recognition in zone coverage. Strong press coverage player. Flashes a strong jam technique. Isn’t overly physical, but is sure to throw hand fakes and stay in the hip pocket of the receiver he’s covering.
What we want to see from Damarri Mathis in Mobile
- Damarri Mathis played on the boundary at Pitt, blending his coverage between a multitude of techniques. How does Mathis handle speed? We’ve seen flashes and he’s been inconsistent. Mobile will be a great opportunity to show how consistent he can be with a great group of receivers.
Pre-Senior Bowl projection
Damarri Mathis projects as a very versatile cornerback prospect who has both man and zone coverage ability. He can play effective press coverage and shows the ability to be a factor as a run defender. All of that being said, we think his best fit is in a zone scheme but will be valued by man-scheme clubs as well.
That being said, until we have a better idea of just where his speed exactly is, it’s difficult to project Mathis going before the third round. While he can do all of these talented things, he’s just a good overall player lacking a specific elite trait. That’s a good thing, it means that he is versatile, but teams will take players at his position with elite traits before they take him.
We project Mathis as a third/fourth-round selection at this point. In Mobile, Mathis can solidify his stock with a strong week handling the top receiver prospects he goes up against.