With former Delaware Blue Hen Joe Flacco guiding the Ravens to Super Bowl glory, the timing may never be better for an FCS quarterback to establish himself as one of the top passers of his respective class. The likeliest candidate to accomplish this is Mathews, whose strong, accurate arm pops off tape. He was named the Ivy League's Offensive MVP in 2011 and finished second in 2012 despite battling nagging injuries. Mathews finished his career as the Ivy League's all-time leading passer with 11,284 yards while throwing 72 touchdowns, earning invitations to the East-West Shrine Game and the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl. Mathews has the size and arm strength that will give him a fighting chance in the NFL, but his inconsistent footwork, which greatly affects his ball placement, continues to be a problem.Mathews takes most of his snaps out of shotgun and his development under center is one of the biggest obstacles he'll face on his way to the NFL. He possesses just average athleticism for the position and, of course, has never seen the likes of an SEC pass rush.
STRENGTHS: Good height, big hands and a well-built frame to shake off defenders. Very good arm strength and velocity and can make deep throws with ease. Knows how to change arm angles and still deliver lasers. Improved ball placement and overall accuracy despite shaky mechanics. Not much of a rush threat, but a better athlete than expected with mobility to pick up tough yards and throw on the run. Smart and processes information quickly. Confident and won't play hesitant. Obvious by his play that he puts in the time during the week. Hard worker with strong preparation skills and a team-first attitude. Improved pocked mobility to step up with his eyes downfield. Four-year starter with top production and holds 45 school and 17 Ivy League passing records.WEAKNESSES: Lacks ideal athleticism and will struggle to elude defenders. Set-up, release and entire process are average at best. Footwork and overall mechanics are inconsistent. Inconsistent throwing base with too many unnecessary throws off-balance. Doesn't consistently step into his passes or drive his body through his motion, relying on his arm talent. Struggles to feel pressure and will take too many hits in the pocket. Likes to "hop" in the pocket. Surveys well, but will lock onto primary targets and has a bad habit of staring down defenders and forecasting throws. Lower than ideal release point for his height. Needs to better protect the ball when scrambling. Missed a game in 2013 due to a concussion. Lackluster career winning percentage of .324 (12-25) as a starter against FCS competition.COMPARES TO: John Skelton, ex-Cardinals - Mathews is following a similar path as Skelton to the NFL. Like Skelton, Mathews has the size, arm strength and smarts to earn a shot at the next level.--Dane Brugler (1/14/14)
05/13/2014 - Falcons Add 20 College Free Agents: Mathews, 6-4, 229 pounds, was the most prolific passer in Cornell history owning 47 school records and 18 Ivy League marks. He completed 901 of 1447 passes (62.2 pct.) for 11,284 yards with 72 touchdowns in 38 career games for the Big Red. Mathews was the Ventura County Player of the Year as a senior at Camarillo High School in Camarillo, CA after passing for 3,314 yards and 37 touchdowns. - Atlanta Falcons