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.
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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

05/12/2014 - A closer look at the Falcon's picks: Round 1/6 -- Jake Matthews, T, 6-5, 308, Texas A&M ... Matthews played right tackle for three seasons at Texas A&M before moving to left tackle last season. "Again, we couldn't be more excited to have him aligned at the right tackle spot," general manager Thomas Dimitroff said. "We are not projecting Sam (Baker); he is our left tackle." - The Sports Xchange

05/12/2014 - Bruce Matthews, who played 19 years in the NFL for the Houston and Tennessee Oilers, is proud of his son. "He's my favorite player in the draft," said Bruce Matthews, who coached in the NFL from 2009-13. "I think the Falcons did themselves a real positive in picking Jake up. I'm not coaching right now, but if I (were), I'd be very excited to have him as a player on my offensive front." - The Sports Xchange

05/12/2014 - Jake carries on Matthews family tradition...Finally, there is Bruce Matthews, son of the original William Clay, brother of William Clay Jr. and father to Kevin, Mike and Jake -- remember him? Bruce, a dominant and versatile offensive lineman, set the Matthews' bar highest, first being drafted No. 9 overall by the Houston Oilers in 1983, then with 10 selections as an All-Pro, a record-tying 14 times on the Pro Bowl roster and, ultimately, induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2007. Cousin Troy Niklas could follow as the seventh Matthews offspring drafted, possibly in the second round, and assuming they both sign, that would bring the family total to eight Matthews getting into the NFL.

Jake is 6-foot-6, 308 pounds and maximizes his physical ability with a display of well-honed techniques reminiscent of those used by his Hall of Fame father, who could and did play every position along the offensive line. Jake can do that and is even impressive as a snapper. "I'd like to think I wasn't grandfathered in," he offered as a pun against his high expectations. "I hope I earned my way here. It is special the family I came from and the relationships I have with my dad and cousins and brothers who have gone through this process, so that's really special." - The Sports Xchange

05/12/2014 - Jake carries on Matthews family tradition...Cue Hank Williams Jr. Texas A&M offensive tackle Jake Matthews carried on a family tradition when the Atlanta Falcons took him with the No. 6 overall pick in the NFL Draft on Thursday. That made him the sixth family member drafted in the NFL, including his Hall of Fame father, Bruce. He is the fourth of these Matthews players to be drafted in the first round, and he was selected the highest among them.

On the field, he is obviously the result of nature and nurture, performing with clinical precision and technique. He is expected to move gracefully into the NFL as a young star who can play any position on the line, even long snapper. Matthews was the second offensive lineman taken in this draft after Auburn's Greg Robinson was selected in the No. 2 slot by the St. Louis Rams. While Robinson may need to refine his rare skills while playing guard, Matthews, who protected Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Johnny Manziel, is expected to step in immediately and play left tackle, where he will protect quarterback Matt Ryan. "I'm looking forward to protecting him for a long time, I tell ya," Matthews said after being selected. - The Sports Xchange

05/12/2014 - Jake carries on Matthews family tradition...Matthews is part of a genealogical phenomenon featuring family bloodlines in the NFL that date back to his grandfather, offensive tackle/linebacker William Clay Matthews Sr., a 27th-round draft pick of the San Francisco 49ers (1949), who wrapped a four-year pro football career around a stint in the Korean War. Grandad's various football-playing descendants include, from Jake's familial perspective (inhale): Uncle William Clay Matthews Jr., a linebacker and former first-round pick of the Cleveland Browns (first round, No. 12 overall, 1978) who spent 19 years in the NFL. Cousins Clay Matthews III, linebacker for the Green Bay Packers (first round, No. 26 overall, 2009), linebacker Casey Matthews of the Philadelphia Eagles (a mere fourth-round pick, 116th overall, 2011); Austin Niklas, a 2012 graduate undrafted, unsigned linebacker from the Air Force, and his brother Troy Niklas, a tight end at Notre Dame and underclassman projected as a second-round prospect in this draft.

Siblings Kevin, a center undrafted in 2010 who played for the Tennessee Titans until 2012 and returned to them as a coach last year after missing the Washington Redskins' final cut; and Mike, current starting center for Texas A&M (and already rated by those prophets at NFLDraftScout.com as the No. 1 of 79 centers scheduled to be eligible for the 2016 draft if they wait that long). - The Sports Xchange

05/08/2014 - 2014 DRAFT SCOUT FINAL TOP 100: 5/2. Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M, 6-6, 308, 5.01, 1...Matthews doesn't have the quick-footed agility of former teammate Luke Joeckel, the No. 2 overall pick last year (Jacksonville), and is more of an enforcer who can consume defenders. He moved from right to left tackle last season to protect QB Johnny Manziel's blind side and proved he is NFL ready. The latest NFL prospect from the famous Matthews gene pool, Jake is the son of 19-year veteran Hall of Famer Bruce (Houston, Tennessee) and looks it. Frankly: Draft, plug and play. Matthews is ready to step in and be reliable at any offensive line position, but left tackles are a premium, so let's start there. - Frank Cooney, NFLDraftScout.com

05/07/2014 - Five players who should be on Atlanta's draft radar...OT Jake Matthews, Texas A&M: Assuming the Falcons stay at pick No. 6 instead of trading up for Jadeveon Clowney or Khalil Mack, Atlanta will presumably target an offensive tackle to help protect Matt Ryan. And there might not be a safer, more reliable selection than Matthews, who brings 46 career starts in college between left and right tackle. He is a coordinated athlete with smooth body control and natural balance and is a true technician with high football smarts. Matthews was born to play on the offensive line as the game appears to come easy to him with natural bloodlines.

He isn't the longest, strongest or meanest and there isn't much flash to him, but he gets the job done. Matthews was often tested in space and for extended periods of time blocking for Johnny Manziel the past two seasons, but he was always under control and a substantial reason behind several big runs. His "Steady Eddie" approach and versatile skill-set to play any offensive line position makes him an attractive prospect for every team, especially Atlanta. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

05/06/2014 - The Sports Xchange 2014 NFL Draft Best Team Fit: St. Louis Rams...OT Jake Matthews, Texas A&M: With the Rams wanting Rodger Saffold to play guard and Jake Long coming back from an ACL injury after suffering several injuries while in Miami, the Rams have to look at the future at the position. Even in the short term, the technically sound Matthews is insurance if Long isn't healthy and he could compete with Joe Barksdale at right tackle. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

05/06/2014 - Dane Brugler's 2014 NFL Draft Final Top-50: 5. Jake Matthews OT, Texas A&M (6-5, 308, 5.07, SR)...Probably the "safest" prospect in this class, Matthews started three seasons at right tackle before moving to the left side in 2013. He had a solid performance at the Combine, which confirmed his athleticism, fundamentally-sound technique and high football character. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

04/29/2014 - 2014 NFL Draft Offensive Line: Jake Matthews, Texas A&M, 6-6, 308, 5.07...Matthews doesn't have the quick-footed agility of former teammate Luke Joeckel, the No. 2 overall pick last year (Jacksonville), and is more of an enforcer who can consume defenders. He moved from right to left tackle last season to protect QB Johnny Manziel's blind side and proved he is NFL ready. The latest NFL prospect from the famous Matthews gene pool, Jake is the son of 19-year veteran Hall of Famer Bruce (Houston, Tennessee) and looks it. Frankly: Matthews is ready to step in and be reliable at any offensive line position, but left tackles are a premium, so let's start there. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

02/20/2014 - 2014 NFL Draft Scout Pre-Combine Top 64 Prospects: 2. Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M, 6-5, 305, 5.08, 1...The latest NFL prospect from the famous Matthews gene pool, Jake is the son of 19-year veteran Hall of Famer Bruce (Houston, Tennessee) and looks it. He doesn't have the quick-footed agility of former teammate Luke Joeckel, the No. 2 overall pick last year (Jacksonville), but, like dad, is more of an enforcer who can consume defenders. Moved from right to left tackle last season to protect QB Johnny Manziel's blind side and proved he is NFL ready. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

01/04/2014 - Texas A&M left tackle Jake Matthews won the Bobby Bowden Award on Friday, presented for high performance on the field, in class and in the community. Matthews, the son of former NFL lineman Bruce Matthews, is a two-time all-Southeastern Conference player who moved from right to left tackle for his senior season. Matthews is considered by many experts to be a top-five pick in this year's NFL draft. The award, named after the former Florida State coach, is sponsored by the Seminole Tribe of Florida. Other finalists for the award were Mississippi punter Tyler Campbell, Arizona linebacker Jake Fischer, Oklahoma offensive lineman Gabe Ikard, Oklahoma State linebacker Shaun Lewis and Alabama receiver Kevin Norwood. - AP Sports

12/26/2013 - CBSSPORTS.COM ALL-AMERICANS: FIRST-TEAM OFFENSE AS NFL DRAFT PROSPECTS: OT - Jake Matthews, Sr., Texas A&M: Taking over for last year's second overall draft pick Luke Joeckel at left tackle, Matthews protected Johnny Manziel's blind side this season and quietly had a strong senior campaign. He displays the feet and shuffle quickness to mirror speed off the edge and the base and hand strength to stonewall power rushers. Matthews isn't flashy, but his consistency and versatility is what makes him attractive to next level scouts. Look for Matthews to give the Aggies back-to-back years with offensive tackles drafted in the top-five picks, maybe the top three picks. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

12/13/2013 - 2013 WALTER CAMP FIRST TEAM ALL-AMERICAN: OL Jake Matthews, Texas A&M, 6-5 305, Sr., Missouri City, TX...Matthews, from Missouri City, Texas, is the team leader with 45 consecutive starts on the Aggies' offensive front. The versatile Matthews held down the all-important left tackle position for the majority of 2013, but also made several starts at right tackle when injuries forced some lineup shuffling. With Matthews clearing the way, the Aggies led the SEC in passing offense, total offense and scoring offense. The Aggies go into the 2013 Chick-fil-A Bowl with 6,458 total yards, including 4,211 passing yards, and have scored 523 points. - Texas A&M football

12/12/2013 - 2013 OUTLAND TROPHY FINALIST (TOP INTERIOR LINEMAN): Jake Matthews, Texas A&M ...Matthews, a 6-5, 305-pound senior, took over for 2012 Outland winner Luke Joeckel's at left tackle this season. With Matthews anchoring the line, Texas A&M's offense has been one of the most prolific in college football, averaging 552.6 total yards (fourth nationally) and 365.1 passing (sixth nationally). The Aggies average 45.6 points per game (fifth nationally). He's the son of Pro Football Hall of Famer Bruce Matthews and has two cousins currently in the NFL. - Outland Trophy Award

12/11/2013 - 2013 ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (COACHES): OL - Jake Matthews, Texas A&M ...Matthews is the team leader with 45 consecutive starts on the Aggies' offensive front. The versatile Matthews held down the all-important left tackle position for the majority of 2013, but also made several starts at right tackle when injuries forced some lineup shuffling. With Matthews clearing the way, the Aggies led the SEC in passing offense, total offense and scoring offense. - Texas A&M football

12/11/2013 - 2013 SEC JACOBS BLOCKING TROPHY WINNER (COACHES): Jake Matthews, Texas A&M ...Matthews, who became the second consecutive Texas A&M player to earn the Jacobs Blocking Trophy after Luke Joeckel garnered the honor a year ago, has been the leader of the Aggies' offensive line that leads the SEC in passing offense at 350.9 yards per game. - SEC football

12/10/2013 - 2013 ASSOCIATED PRESS ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM: OL - Jake Matthews, Texas A&M, 6-5, 305, Sr,...Matthews, from Missouri City, Texas, is the team leader with 45 consecutive starts on the Aggies' offensive front. The versatile Matthews held down the all-important left tackle position for the majority of 2013, but also made several starts at right tackle when injuries forced some lineup shuffling. With Matthews clearing the way, the Aggies led the SEC in passing offense, total offense and scoring offense. The Aggies go into the 2013 Chick-fil-A Bowl with 6,458 total yards, including 4,211 passing yards, and have scored 523 points. - Texas A&M football

10/02/2013 - Top Prospect NFL of Week Five: Texas A&M OT Jake Matthews...Considering that he's the son of former Houston Oilers and Tennessee Titans' Hall of Famer Bruce Matthews, Jake's textbook technique is perhaps no surprise. His high selection in the 2014 draft won't be a surprise either. Nor will it be a surprise when he remains if he remains at left tackle in the NFL.

Smith, Matthews' primary opponent, only made statistical contribution to this game. It came midway through the second quarter with A&M nursing a 24-17 lead. As he'd done throughout the game, Matthews controlled Smith on this snap but was left in a tough position with Manziel scrambling to his left. Approximately seven seconds after taking the snap, Manziel was sacked by Smith and Deatrick Wise, Jr. to force an A&M punt.

It was the only sack A&M allowed on the day in 30 passing attempts. The Aggies also rushed for 261 yards and two scores, including running the ball on 29 of 38 plays from scrimmage in the second half as they robbed the Razorbacks and their crowd's enthusiasm on their way to the 45-33 win. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

10/02/2013 - Top NFL Prospect of Week Five: Texas A&M OT Jake Matthews...The Aggies' starting right tackle each of the past three seasons, Matthews turned down an opportunity to be an early first round pick a year ago, instead electing to return and take over the critical left tackle role with Luke Joeckel declaring for the NFL as a junior. Scouts loved the grit, power and technique Matthews had demonstrated on the strongside over his career at A&M but some remained skeptical about his ability to handle the top pass-rushers in the SEC.

Texas A&M wasted little time in testing Matthews' ability, calling a deep pass on their first snap. Easing off the snap with a combination of balance and grace that belied his limited experience at the position, Matthews easily latched on to Smith, giving Manziel a comfortable pocket from which to throw a 49-yard strike to Mike Evans, instantly hushing a passionate Arkansas crowd.

Like Joeckel before him, Matthews is a smooth, albeit not elite athlete. He slides out of his stance, demonstrating great patience to allow the defender to come to him. Once his opponent is near him, Matthews shows greater upper body strength than his former linemate, instantly corralling opponents with powerful hands, good extension and leverage due to playing with his knees bent, butt down and shoulders square. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

10/02/2013 - Top NFL Prospect of Week Five: Texas A&M OT Jake Matthews...Virtually all of the buzz surrounding Texas A&M's first trip to play Arkansas since 1990 focused on either mega-watt star Johnny Manziel or the fact that this contest was the SEC debut for new Razorbacks' head coach Bret Bielema. With such built-in story lines, it was easy for some to lose sight of one of the most intriguing one on one matchups of the early 2013 season. NFL scouts, of course, were watching and so was NFLDraftScout.com as Matthews, starting just the fourth game of his career at left tackle, was facing Arkansas' Chris Smith, a 6-2, 268-pound speed rusher whose 5.5 sacks over his first four games led the country.

Smith, the only returning SEC player other than South Carolina's Jadeveon Clowney to have recorded nine or more sacks a season ago, is a legitimate NFL prospect in his own right. He's quick off the snap and doesn't rely just on his athleticism to wreak havoc off the edge. He uses his natural leverage advantage to bull rush tackles and has good lateral agility to jab-step outside and beat leaning pass-blockers with a quick burst back inside. Virtually none of it worked against Matthews, NFLDraftScout.com's top-rated senior prospect, however, as the 6-foot-5, 305-pound All-American lived up to this lofty ranking by holding Smith to just one assisted tackle in this contest. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

09/07/2013 - ROB RANG'S 09/06/13 TOP 32 2014 DRAFT PROSPECTS: 2. Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M (6-5, 305): Matthews allowed one sack in his first collegiate start at left tackle but was otherwise dominant against Rice. He'll face a much tougher task when Alabama comes rolling in Sept. 14. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

09/01/2013 - Matthews mostly dominant in 1st start at LT...Considering his bloodlines (son of Hall of Fame offensive lineman Bruce Matthews), the picture-perfect technique demonstrated by the Aggies' tackle perhaps isn't surprising, but it is noteworthy, nonetheless. Matthews isn't quite as smooth sliding in pass protection as his former teammate but he doesn't have to be, possessing dominant upper body strength to latch on and control his opponent. His initial punch frequently knocked defenders back onto their heels. The 6-5, 308-pound blocker actually finished many passing plays with just one arm controlling the defensive end while peeking back inside to offer help, if needed.

Matthews did have one significant slip-up in this contest, however, allowing a sack of Manziel midway through the third quarter when he failed to recognize a twist between Rice's defensive tackle and end. He got off-balance by leaning left, giving up an easy avenue inside for the sack. Matthews will face a much tougher opponent in their SEC opener two weeks from now when Alabama visits College Station. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

09/01/2013 - Matthews mostly dominant in 1st start at LT...The hype, of course, centered on Johnny Manziel but for scouts the most important story in Texas A&M's win over Rice was the nearly flawless transition blue chip offensive tackle Jake Matthews made in switching from the right to left side.

Matthews, NFLDraftScout.com's highest rated senior prospect, started every game at right tackle the past three years for the Aggies and could have left A&M after his junior season and been drafted in the first round. Instead, by returning, he took over for Luke Joeckel, whom the Jacksonville Jaguars selected with the No. 2 overall pick. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

08/31/2013 - ROB RANG'S 08/30/13 BIG BOARD: 2. OT Jake Matthews, Texas A&M (6-5, 305, 5.14) -- Luke Joeckel received most of the attention at Texas A&M last season, but there are some who believe Matthews (the son of Hall of Famer, Bruce) will wind up the better prospect. If Matthews handles the jump to left tackle as smoothly as scouts anticipate, a top-five selection is a virtual lock. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

08/29/2013 - TOP TEXAS A&M PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 1. OT Jake Matthews (6-5, 308, 5.08)*...Some league insiders suggest that the reason why the Kansas City Chiefs ultimately elected to take Eric Fisher over Luke Joeckel with top pick of the 2013 NFL Draft is that the team wasn't convinced that the left tackle was even the best offensive lineman on his own college team.

The son of Hall of Famer Bruce Matthews, Jake signed with A&M as a higher regarded prep prospect than Joeckel in 2010. Each started every game the past three seasons, with Joeckel emerging as the team's left tackle and Matthews lining up on the strongside. 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, he has a chance to significantly boost his stock. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

08/29/2013 - TOP TEXAS A&M PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 1. OT Jake Matthews (6-5, 308, 5.08)*...Matthews is not as smooth in pass protection as his former teammate, which makes his transition to the left side a fascinating one. 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.

As the blindside protector for the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, the spotlight doesn't get much brighter than the one locked on Matthews this season. Three all-conference campaigns suggest that Matthews will more than hold up to the challenge. He enters the 2013 season as NFLDraftScout.com's top-rated prospect on the offensive side of the ball and second overall only to South Carolina superstar Jadeveon Clowney. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

08/28/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH IN 2013: OT Jake Matthews would have likely been a first-round pick in the NFL Draft, but elected to come back for his senior season. Matthews, who will likely move to left tackle to replace the departed Luke Joeckel, cited the chance to play with his younger brother as a key factor. Mike Matthews will be a sophomore offensive lineman for the Aggies in 2013. - The Sports Xchange

08/27/2013 - Senior LT Jake Matthews moved over from the right side so that Texas A&M can properly replace Luke Joeckel, the No. 2 overall pick in April's NFL Draft. Matthews is one of three returning starters to a veteran offensive line and he'll get to play with his brother, Mike, who's stepping in at center. - The Sports Xchange

08/27/2013 - GRADING CBSSPORTS.COM'S ALL-AMERICA TEAM AS NFL PROSPECTS: OT Jake Matthews, Texas A&M (6-5, 305, Sr.)...Considered by some scouts to be a better prospect than former teammate Luke Joeckel (the No. 2 overall pick last year), Matthews is set to start at left tackle after dominating from the right side the past three years. Matthews comes by his size, athleticism and toughness naturally, as he's the son of Hall of Famer Bruce Matthews. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

08/26/2013 - 2013 PRESEASON ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (COACHES): OL - Jake Matthews, Texas A&M,... Earned first-team All-SEC honors from the league's coaches and the Associated Press in 2012 ... also earned second-team All-America honors from Walter Camp and third-team honors from the AP ... part of the Aggie offense that outscored opponents nearly 2-to-1, led the SEC in rushing, passing, scoring and total offense and ranked third nationally in total offense and scoring offense. - Texas A&M football

07/25/2013 - 2013 PRESEASON ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (MEDIA): OL - Jake Matthews, Texas A&M (176)...First-team All-American by the Football Writers of America Association ... earned first-team All-SEC honors from the league's coaches and the Associated Press ... also earned second-team All-America honors from Walter Camp and third-team honors from the AP ... part of the Aggie offense that outscored opponents nearly 2-to-1, led the SEC in rushing, passing, scoring and total offense and ranked third nationally in total offense and scoring offense. - Texas A&M football

07/20/2013 - 2013 WALTER CAMP WATCH LIST: OT Jake Matthews, Texas A&M ...Matthews will shift from right tackle to left tackle to replace 2012 Outland Trophy winner Luke Joeckel. He played a key role in the Aggies' 2012 offensive success when the unit led the Southeastern Conference in all four major statistical categories. The Aggies became the first team in SEC history to surpass the 7,000-yard barrier in total offense. - Texas A&M football

07/18/2013 - 2013 LOMBARDI AWARD WATCH LIST: T Jake Matthews, Texas A&M ...Matthews and Cedric Ogbuehi are veterans on the Aggies' offensive front, but both will be in new spots in 2013. Matthews will shift from right tackle to left tackle to replace 2012 Outland Trophy winner Luke Joeckel, while Ogbuehi moved from guard to right tackle. The pair played a key role in the Aggies' 2012 offensive success when the unit led the Southeastern Conference in all four major statistical categories. The Aggies became the first team in SEC history to surpass the 7,000-yard barrier in total offense. - Texas A&M football

07/16/2013 - 2013 MAXWELL AWARD WATCH LIST: OT Jake Matthews, Texas A&M ...First-team All-American by the Football Writers of America Association ... earned first-team All-SEC honors from the league's coaches and the Associated Press ... also earned second-team All-America honors from Walter Camp and third-team honors from the AP ... part of the Aggie offense that outscored opponents nearly 2-to-1, led the SEC in rushing, passing, scoring and total offense and ranked third nationally in total offense and scoring offense ... blocked for freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel in a record-breaking season that earned him the Heisman Trophy. - Texas A&M football

07/16/2013 - 2013 OUTLAND TROPHY WATCH LIST: Jake Matthews, Texas A&M, OT...First-team All-American by the Football Writers of America Association ... earned first-team All-SEC honors from the league's coaches and the Associated Press ... also earned second-team All-America honors from Walter Camp and third-team honors from the AP ... part of the Aggie offense that outscored opponents nearly 2-to-1, led the SEC in rushing, passing, scoring and total offense and ranked third nationally in total offense and scoring offense ... blocked for freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel in a record-breaking season that earned him the Heisman Trophy. - Texas A&M football

 
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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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