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Jake Matthews | Tackle

Team: Texas A&M Aggies
Age / DOB:  (26) / 2/11/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 305

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Falcons selected Texas A&M OT Jake Matthews with the No. 6 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.
It's an obvious pick for a team that received embarrassing tackle play last season. We'd expect Matthews to immediately slide in at left tackle, shifting Sam Baker to the right side. Matthews (6-foot-5 1/2, 308) is the son of Hall-of-Fame guard Bruce, and a two-time first-team All-SEC pick. A four-year starter for the Aggies, Matthews played right tackle his first three seasons before replacing Luke Joeckel on Johnny Manziel's blindside in 2013. What Matthews lacks on Greg Robinson and Taylor Lewan in build and athleticism. He compensates for with pro-ready technique and superb hand use. He's a bit short armed (33 3/8"), but can play all five positions on the line, and projects as a plus rookie starter. Thu, May 8, 2014 08:51:00 PM

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Draft insider Tony Pauline reports "a number of GMs believe" the Rams will take Texas A&M OT Jake Matthews with the No. 2 pick if they can't trade down.

St. Louis has had months to weigh Greg Robinson's potential Hall of Fame upside with Matthews' superior current game and NFL pedigree. If Pauline's report is correct, they will side with the latter. We probably don't have to remind you of this -- if the pick is made, be ready to get inundated by this story line -- but Rams coach Jeff Fisher famously coached Matthews' father Bruce.
Thu, May 8, 2014 06:01:00 PM

Senior Bowl Executive Director Phil Savage notes that Texas A & M OT Jake Matthews can play all 5 OL spots.

"A&M coach Kevin Sumlin called OT Jake Matthews a "5-tool" prospect, meaning he can play all 5 OL spots, plus short and long snap. Cant Miss," Savage tweeted. While some evaluators have Greg Robinson as the number one tackle prospect, it's been rumored that the St. Louis Rams have their eye on Jake Matthews. With that kind of positional versatility, perhaps the Rams love that kind of flexibility Matthews brings to the table. OT Greg Robinson may have the higher upside for the future, but some evaluators feel that Matthews is the better prospect at the moment.
Thu, May 8, 2014 04:50:00 PM

St. Louis Post-Dispatch Rams beat writer Jim Thomas selected Texas A&M OT Jake Matthews over Auburn OT Greg Robinson in a mock draft for the LA Times.

"[At No. 2], the Rams have a couple of options: trade down or take an offensive tackle," Thomas wrote in explanation. "I don't think they'll take Sammy Watkins. I think they'll take Matthews over Robinson." Draft experts generally agree that Matthews is better right now, but Robinson possesses more potential. Rams coach Jeff Fisher famously coached Matthews' father Bruce, and less famously sent a son to play football at Auburn, where he was teammates with Robinson.
Source: LA Times
Sun, May 4, 2014 10:00:00 PM

Two of three anonymously quoted NFL scouts in a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel story expressed concerns about Texas A&M's Jake Matthews' future at LT.

"He's an all-pro guard in my mind and probably could be an all-pro center," another scout said. "He played much better at right tackle than he did left tackle this year. But you can't miss on him." Said another scout of the three-year starter: "I do think he could (get knocked around). He's got short arms (33 3/8). I don't think he'll be a left tackle. People fall in love with the last name. If his last name was something else, I don't think he'd be picked as high, honestly. Jake Matthews is a very good player, but I don't see much difference between him and Zack Martin." The third scout, however, is convinced of Matthews' potential as a blind-side protector: "He'll walk in and play left tackle and sit there for 10, 12 years."
Fri, May 2, 2014 11:52:00 PM's Mike DiRocco reports that Texas A&M T Jake Matthews visited the Jacksonville Jaguars last Thursday.

While adding a tackle is not an immediate concern, The 6-foot-5, 305-pound Matthews could help upgrade the Jaguars offensive line. Last year the Jaguars used the second overall pick on Texas A & M tackle Luke Joeckel. Having two future cornerstone tackles/former teammates could definitely set a nice foundation for the Jaguars offense. Sitting at No. 3, The Jaguars will have their choice from some elite talent, but pairing two top tackles with back-to-back top-3 picks could be an interesting option.
Wed, Apr 30, 2014 12:17:00 PM team beat reporter Vaughn McClure believes the Falcons will stay at No. 6 overall pick and select "one of the top three offensive tackles."

One day after rumors of a swap with Houston reached a crescendo, they have died down. The guess here is that GM Thomas Dimitroff made a run at the top slot and balked at paying whatever ransom the Texans could dream up for a player some are calling the decade's best defensive prospect. Houston may themselves sit tight and bring Jadeveon Clowney to Texas. Meanwhile, McClure's report obviously alludes to consensus top 10 OTs Auburn's Greg Robinson, Texas A&M's Jake Matthews, and Michigan's Taylor Lewan. Robinson will be gone by No. 6, but Matthews will be around if either Mike Evans or a QB go in the top 5. If the Raiders stay at No. 5 and take Matthews, Atlanta would be in a nightmare scenario. We imagine they'd try to trade back a few slots, but they couldn't get too cute if Lewan was the object of their affection.
Fri, Apr 25, 2014 08:17:00 PM

Texas A&M T Jake Matthews visited the Bills last week, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Matthews also worked out for the Falcons prior to that visit. The Bills make a ton of sense for Matthews. For one, he has right tackle experience. Two, the Bills focus on the ground game and put EJ Manuel in a simplistic passing offense. And three, Doug Marrone has an offensive line background.
Tue, Apr 15, 2014 11:31:00 AM

An NFC personnel man said that this year's offensive tackle class is better than the 2013 version that saw three OTs picked in the top four selections.

"The two guys on top of the board this year are better than all four of those guys last year," he said, referring, of course, to Texas A&M’s Jake Matthews and Auburn’s Greg Robinson. "These two are for real," the personnel man continued. "I mean Eric Fisher (last year’s No. 1 pick by Kansas City), he’s OK. I’m not sure he should have been No. 1 overall. Either one of these guys could be. But the crazy thing is they may drop." An AFC executive interviewed in the story agreed with the sentiment: "Those two guys this year are in a different class. I think all the guys from last year started off as right tackles, if I’m not mistaken. These two can go right in and play the left side for you. They’re that good." Of Matthews, the personnel man said: "Take him and don’t worry about anything. You have a left tackle for the next whatever many years."
Sun, Apr 6, 2014 07:44:00 PM

According to St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Jim Thomas, the St. Louis Rams have shown "strong interest" in Texas A&M OT Jake Matthews.

"Besides the upcoming private workout, the Rams held a formal, or "suite" interview with him last month at the NFL scouting combine. Both the private workout and suite visit are indicators of strong interest by a team in a player," Thomas wrote. Rams coach Jeff Fisher is very familiar with the Matthews bloodline, as Fisher coached Jake's father, Hall of Fame offensive lineman Bruce Matthews. If Matthews is the Rams target, they could potentially trade out of the No.2 spot and still draft him.
Fri, Mar 28, 2014 12:34:00 PM's Bucky Brooks agreed with a computer system that compared Texas A&M's Jake Matthews to two-time Pro Bowler Duane Brown.

In his most recent installment of "Man vs. Machine," Brooks' computer spit out Brown as a player with nearly identical measurements and testing numbers coming out of school. "The sixth-year veteran has been a standout performer for the Texans since entering the league, exhibiting exceptional technique and competitiveness on the edge," Brooks wrote. "With Matthews showing the same qualities during his time at Texas A&M, it's very likely that he will earn Pro Bowl honors very early in his career."
Sat, Mar 8, 2014 09:47:00 PM

NFL Films' Greg Cosell compares Texas A&M OT Jake Matthews to former teammate Luke Joeckel.

Matthews falls behind Auburn's Greg Robinson on Cosell's list of OT prospects, but that doesn't mean that the analyst is down on the Aggies' enforcer. "Repetitive executions are their strengths," Cosell said of Matthews and Joeckel. "Matthews might be a little better athlete." Matthews is a possible top-5 pick, and he isn't expected to drop outside of the top-10.
Thu, Mar 6, 2014 09:06:00 PM

Rotoworld contributor Lance Zierlein says South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney, Buffalo OLB Khalil Mack, Texas A&M OT Jake Matthews and Auburn OT Greg Robinson could all go in the top-5.

Zierlein bases his opinion on conversations he's had with league contacts. This seems like an unthinkable scenario, but Houston could create a big domino effect by taking Clowney No. 1 overall. Jacksonville, Cleveland and Oakland are also each in play to surprise and select surer-things at other positions over this year's crop of boom-or-bust signal-calling prospects.
Thu, Mar 6, 2014 06:33:00 PM

Texas A&M OT Jake Matthews jumped from No. 8 to 5 in Daniel Jeremiah's most recent prospect rankings.

"Matthews isn't physically dominant but he is very technically sound and rarely gets beat," Jeremiah, an writer and former scout, wrote. "In the run game, he relies on his foot quickness to position himself to wall-off defenders. He doesn't have knock-off power but he does a nice job of sustaining his block. He is athletic enough to adjust in space and he plays with good awareness." Matthews is coming off a nice performance at the NFL combine. He is Rotoworld's top-rated offensive tackle prospect.
Mon, Mar 3, 2014 04:44:00 PM

Texas A&M T Jake Matthews ran an official forty time of 5.07 seconds at the NFL Combine.

Matthews posted two unofficial times of 5.00 and 4.91 seconds, with two 10 yard splits of 1.70 and 1.72 seconds. Our Own Josh Norris ranks Matthews as the top tackle, thanks to his consistency as a pass protector. He is one of the most technical blockers in this draft and carries his lower half to mirror his opposition.
Sat, Feb 22, 2014 12:52:00 PM