Hercules Mata'afa
24-Year-Old Defensive EndDE
2019 Fantasy Outlook
After joining the Vikings as an undrafted free agent out of Washington State, Mata'afa made a positive impression in workouts before tearing his ACL in June, 2018. The Vikings toyed with using the undersized Mata'afa (6-foot-2, 254 pounds) at linebacker before his injury, but he's back to playing defensive tackle as he prepares for a reserve role in the 2019 campaign. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $1.71 million contract with the Vikings in April of 2018.
Gets playing time off bench
DEMinnesota Vikings
September 11, 2019
Mata'afa played 26 of the defense's 74 snaps in Sunday's win over Atlanta. He had two QB hurries, according to Pro Football Focus.
ANALYSIS
The undrafted free agent out of Washington State missed all of last season with a torn ACL. He's back to full strength and made the roster as a reserve defensive lineman.
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Snap Distribution / Depth Chart
Minnesota VikingsVikings 2019 DE Snap Distribution See more data like this
% of Team Snaps

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222
349
217
136
88
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75
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Measurables Review
How do Hercules Mata'afa's measurables compare to other defensive ends?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
6' 2"
 
Weight
254 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.76 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.37 sec
 
Cone Drill
7.24 sec
 
Vertical Jump
31.5 in
 
Broad Jump
108 in
 
Bench Press
26 reps
 
Hand Length
10.25 in
 
Arm Length
31.50 in
 
More Fantasy News
Back healthy for OTAs
DEMinnesota Vikings
May 22, 2019
Mata'afa has fully recovered from a torn ACL he suffered in OTAs last season, Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
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Placed on IR
DEMinnesota Vikings
Knee - ACL
June 21, 2018
Mata'afa (knee) was placed on injured reserve on Thursday, Ben Goessling of The Star Tribune reports.
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Waived on Wednesday
DEFree Agent
Knee - ACL
June 20, 2018
The Vikings waived Mata'afa (knee) on Wednesday, Craig Peters of the team's official site reports.
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Tears ACL during OTAs
DEMinnesota Vikings
Knee - ACL
June 6, 2018
Mata'afa suffered a torn ACL during the Vikings' OTA practice Wednesday, Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com reports.
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Moves to linebacker
DEMinnesota Vikings
May 11, 2018
Mata'afa, an undrafted free agent from Washington State, has moved to linebacker from defensive tackle in Minnesota's most recent rookie mini-camp, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
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