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2015 NFL DRAFT

Jake Matthews, OT

School: Texas A&M  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Missouri City, TX
Height/Weight: 6-6 / 308 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
521

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
5.012.841.7324 30 1/28'9"4.477.34
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
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Mock Draft Expert Analysis

  • Cleveland Browns | #4
    Manziel would excite the fan base and offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan had success with the similarly dynamic Robert Griffin III in Washington. General manager Ray Farmer may want to start his tenure with a safe pick first, however, and they don't come much safer than Matthews, who teamed with Joe Thomas and Alex Mack, would give the Browns the best offensive line in the AFC North.
  • Buffalo Bills | #9
    A former offensive lineman and offensive line coach, Doug Marrone will have a tough time passing on the resume, bloodlines and overall ability of Matthews.
  • Atlanta Falcons | #6
    They have to upgrade their line and instead of moving up to take a pass rusher they stay put and land a good player at a need spot.
  • Oakland Raiders | #5
    The most ready tackle -- or for that matter, player -- in the draft and the Raiders need to win now. Finally someone who can block Von Miller and Tamba Hali.
 

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Matthews is quick off the snap and uses his long, strong arms and good mobility to control his opponents when pass blocking. While perhaps not an elite athlete, he plays with the technique and tenacity to make his father proud, controlling opponents with good initial quickness, excellent knee bend and balance and terrific upper-body strength. Matthews is a terrific run blocker. Though athletic enough to surprise defenders with an occasional chop block or slipping out to the second level to nail a linebacker, he's at his best simply driving defensive ends off the ball and creating lanes for A&M's running backs to slice through. Once he gets his hands on his opponent, he exhibits an ability to dictate the matchup. Strong lower-half drive and displays a good understanding of leverage when he can establish low position against thicker defenders.

WEAKNESSES: Matthews can get himself in trouble when he stops moving his feet and his lack of elite foot speed and balance may limit just how high he can go on draft day. At times, he'll bend his arms and lock his knees when opposing a strong bull-rush and appears "light" occasionally in power-on-power situations.

COMPARES TO: Joe Staley, OT, San Francisco 49ers - Though Matthews won't blow anyone away with his athleticism, like Staley he's a sound technician with impressive toughness who exhibits no major weaknesses, and is tough to beat in both facets of the offense.

--Rob Rang and Derek Stephens (2/5/14)

Player Overview

While he does not possess former teammate and 2013 first rounder Luke Joeckel's light feet, Matthews is the stronger and more physical run blocker of the two and is perfectly suited to remain at this position in the NFL.

Matthews signed with the Aggies with great fanfare as his father is Hall of Famer Bruce Matthews, who starred all along the offensive line for 19 seasons with the Houston Oilers and Tennessee Titans.

Jake proved early on that he was worthy of the hype, solidifying the Aggies' offensive line once he entered the starting lineup in week six of the 2010 season (Missouri) as the team battled injuries up front. Despite starting just seven games as a true freshman he was recognized by the media as an honorable mention all-conference performer in 2011 and 2012, and most recently received First-Team AP All-American honors. Matthews could have joined Joeckel as a high first-round choice a year ago but elected to come back to College Station for his senior campaign. In making the switch to left tackle in 2013, his stock could end up even higher.

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05/12/2014 - The Falcons have big plans for first-round pick Jake Matthews. "We've got a really good football player, who's going to be able to protect our quarterback, but he's also going to be able to win the line of scrimmage in the running game," Falcons coach Mike Smith said. The Falcons introduced Matthews as a potential pillar of the organization. "When you pick the sixth overall pick, from an organizational standpoint, your goal is to pick a pillar for the organization," Falcons coach Thomas Dimitroff said. "That's your goal. We feel very strongly that our acquisition was a pillar pick."

Matthews, who's likely to sign a contract similar to the four-year, $18.6 million deal that Ezekiel "Ziggy" Ansah signed with last season, was elated to be selected by the Falcons. "Throughout this whole process, whether it was doing workouts or visiting, Atlanta always felt like the right place," Matthews said. "Secretly and honestly, I was really hoping that I would end up here. I'm so glad that it worked out this way." - The Sports Xchange

 

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