Matt Araiza

Matt Araiza

Measurements
  • Height
    6001
  • Hand
    9
  • VJ
    32
  • Weight
    201lbs
  • Arm
    30 5/8
  • Speed
    4.68
P Combine Averages
  • Height
    -
  • Hand
    -
  • VJ
    -
  • Weight
    -lbs
  • Arm
    -
  • Speed
    -
Sales Pinckney - Scout
Matt Araiza
  • Overall Rank
    188
  • Position Rank
    1
  • Position
    P
  • Age
    22.1 Years
  • Team
    SAN DIEGO ST

Stats

Year Kickoffs Avg KO Ret Punts Punt Avg P TB Avg Hangtime
2019 65 15.7 - - - -
2020 41 26.5 5 49.8 0 2.81
2021 75 22.8 82 50.5 15 3.92

Build

Does he have prototype size? What is body type? What is growth potential?

Matt Araiza has outstanding overall size for the position. Adequate length and overall frame. No reported injury history.

  • Size
    6
  • Length
    6
  • Frame/Durability
    6
Grade 6.0

Mental

Is he instinctual? Does he play with urgency?

Displays a willingness to contribute in coverage and a high motor when pursuing returners.

  • Toughness
    8
  • Instincts
    6
  • Effort/Motor
    8
Grade 7.3

Athleticism

Does he have the athletic traits you want?

Araiza is a high level athlete across the board. A former soccer player and hurdler, he displays explosion and short area quickness to go along with outstanding long speed. While he can be prone to what some would think of as traditional kicker tackling technique, he is a far more physical and willing to tackle than the average kicker.

  • Explosiveness
    7
  • Speed
    8
  • Body Control
    6
  • Flexibility/Bend
    7
  • Change of Direction
    6
  • Play Strength
    8
Grade 7.0

Technical

Does he have a refined skill set? Is he a projection or is his game developed enough to contribute early?

Upon receiving the snap, he executes a rapid progression through his steps to get the punt off. While his touch-to-toe time is desirable, he moves towards the snap before catching it and often covers five or more yards with his steps which could lead to blocks at the next level. The ball jumps off his foot with tangible force and velocity. Footpath and follow through are adequate, and he tends to cut his follow through short and not come up through the ball vertically. As a lefty his rotation can throw returners not familiar with left footed punters off. His ball flight is low and more line drive than arcing, which leads to a lower hang time and some returnable kicks due to the coverage unit not being able to get downfield. His ball gets very good roll once it hits the ground and creates additional distance, but can also lead to unwanted touchbacks if the coverage unit cannot get to it in time to down it. The majority of his punts stay in the middle of the field between the hashes rather than the outer thirds. His focus on power and flipping the field is a detriment when it comes to pinning opponents deep with pooch punts, as he regularly send the ball into the endzone for a touchback rather than getting it to check up before the goal line. His kickoffs routinely travel through the endzone for touchbacks with his power, but his hang time and ball flight are reminiscent of his punting. Displays the ability to execute mortar kicks and onside kicks as well. As a place kicker his form is average at best with an inconsistent plant. Good power but also exhibits below average rotation and accuracy decreases the farther out he gets.

  • Power
    10
  • Hang Time
    5
  • Follow Through
    6
  • Directional Kicks
    5
  • Operation Time
    9
  • Drop
    7
  • Ball Flight
    5
  • Kickoffs
    8
Grade 6.9

Grading Scale

  • 10
    Rare
  • 9
    Elite
  • 8
    Outstanding
  • 7
    Above the Line
  • 6
    Adequate
  • 5
    Average
  • 4
    Limited
  • 3
    Poor
  • 2
    Deficient
  • 1
    Reject

Summary

What role does he play? What is his initial projection?
Matt Araiza redshirted in his first year at SDSU while sitting behind All-Conference kicker John Baron II. In 2019 he handled all kicking duties outside of punting and was named honorable mention All-Mountain West. Took over all kicking duties in 2020 and was named honorable mention All-Conference for a second time. In 2021 he led the nation in punt yards and kicks downed inside the 20, was 2nd in punting average with 50.5 yards/punt. Had 18 punts of 60 or more yards with two traveling over 80 yards. Named a unanimous All-American and won the Ray Guy Award as the nation's top collegiate punter in 2021. Projects as a starting level punter at the next level who can pull double duty on kickoffs. Will be an extremely valuable weapon in terms of flipping the field. Improving his technique will allow him to be a more effective pooch punter and truly unlock his potential.

Film Watched

  • iconBest Game
  • Jan - 01 - 1970
  • iconWorst Game
  • Jan - 01 - 1970
Best Trait
Power
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