2014 Pro Days: Jake Matthews draws crowd at Texas A&M workout
Auburn redshirt sophomore Greg Robinson's smooth athleticism and immense potential at 6-5, 327, might push Texas A&M left tackle Jake Matthews down a peg in the 2014 NFL Draft, but Matthews isn't sliding without a fight.
For the second consecutive day, the St. Louis Rams were front and center leading the pro day workout of a top-ranked offensive tackle.
After directing Auburn's Greg Robinson, NFLDraftScout.com's No. 2 overall prospect, through his position-specific routine Tuesday, Rams offensive line coach Paul Boudreau pushed Texas A&M offensive tackle Jake Matthews -- our third-ranked prospect -- through drills in College Station, Texas, at the Aggies' pro day Wednesday.
The Rams contingent included general manager Les Snead, widely regarded as the top target to deal down in the 2014 draft from No. 2. Because St. Louis is set at defensive end and, as the Rams maintain, quarterback, moving down would open the possibility of drafting Matthews, projected to be drafted anywhere from No. 6-12. Boudreau is a 27-year veteran with a notable list of first-round pick pupils including seven-time Pro Bowl tackle Orlando Pace, left tackle Todd Steussie (Vikings, Panthers) and Lomas Brown (Lions).
The Rams met with Matthews privately after the workout. He also met with the Cleveland Browns.
"I want to reiterate what I've put on film all year," Matthews said last month. "I want to put up good numbers and show I'm the best tackle."
Bills general manager Doug Whaley and Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert -- teams with needs at offensive tackle -- were also spotted Wednesday. The Atlanta Falcons were represented and general manager Thomas Dimitroff has spoken highly of Matthews. Atlanta owns the sixth overall pick; the Bills pick ninth.
The son of 19-year NFL veteran and Hall of Fame tackle Bruce Matthews, Jake played right tackle -- 33 consecutive starts -- until shifting to the left side to replaced 2013 second overall pick Luke Joeckel.
Bruce Matthews played against and later for Rams head coach Jeff Fisher, who is in his 19th season as a head coach.
Like Joeckel, Matthews is just 22 years old, technically sound and athletic enough to remain at left tackle regardless of offensive scheme. In direct comparisons with Robinson, many observers give Robinson the runaway advantage. Matthews is still a solid athlete. He was a high school quarterback until he grew into an offensive lineman's frame midway through his sophomore season. Scouts see him as a plug-and-play left tackle, but he could line up at any of the five offensive line positions and succeed.
He is one of three Aggies with first-round grades from NFLDraftScout.com. Quarterback Johnny Manziel and wide receiver Mike Evans were in attendance Wednesday but will wait to work out for teams until March 27.
Evans said he met this week with the Patriots and 49ers and claims to be hearing more discussion that he could be drafted in the top 10.
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