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Jeff Mathews | Quarterback

Team: Cornell Big Red
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 210

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Falcons signed Cornell QB Jeff Mathews.
Mathews (6-foot-3 3/8, 223) graduated from Cornell as the most prolific passer in Ivy League history, completing 62.3% of his throws with a 72:42 TD-to-INT ratio and nine rushing scores. Mathews' size, big hands (10 1/8"), and powerful arm are plus attributes, but he has little to no mobility (5.26 forty) and too frequently lacks comfort in the pocket, particularly with bodies around him. Mathews is a worthwhile developmental project, but a long shot to develop into more than a quality backup. Sun, May 11, 2014 02:16:00 PM

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Jaguars QB coach Frank Scelfo attended Cornell's pro day to observe Jeff Mathews.

Mathews is nothing more than a sixth- or seventh-round option, but offers plenty of perceived "upside" thanks to a large frame a big arm. He regressed in 2013 behind a bad offensive line, but Mathews could be attributed with a number of sacks and poor decisions. He's a developmental pick.
Thu, Mar 27, 2014 04:35:00 PM

Cornell's Jeff Mathews, UNC's Bryn Renner and West Texas A&M's Dustin Vaughan will be the three throwing QBs at the NFL Combine.

Including these three, 19 quarterbacks will be in Indianapolis for the Combine. Mathews attended the East-West Shrine game and had a good showing, but his play regressed in 2013 thanks to poor pocket movement combined with bad offensive line. Renner injured his shoulder and was forced to undergo surgery, ending his season early. He must be back to full health.
Wed, Feb 5, 2014 12:42:00 PM

After speaking with NFL executives, ESPN's Adam Caplan believes Cornell senior QB Jeff Mathews will go between Rounds 5-7.

Sounds about right to us, though Mathews' stock could inhale helium if he blows away evaluators during the draft process. Mathews measured 6-foot-3 and 3 eighths of an inch and weighed in at 225 pounds at the East-West Shrine game. Mathews will continue to look spectacular in shorts -- as he displays accuracy, velocity, and anticipation, as well as Ivy League intelligence -- but his game deteriorates against pressure.
Fri, Jan 17, 2014 06:44:00 PM

Cornell senior QB Jeff Mathews measured in at 6 feet 3 and 3 eighths of an inch at the East-West Shrine game.

Mathews also weighed in at 225 pounds and had a hand size of 10.38 inches, well above the 9 inch threshold. The Ivy League passer had a great first day, throwing with accuracy, velocity, and anticipation, but his game breaks down against the pass rush, at least in the last two seasons. That type of live action is difficult to simulate in practice, but Mathews is off to a good start.
Tue, Jan 14, 2014 09:08:00 AM

Cornell senior QB Jeff Mathews will attend the East-West Shrine Game.

Mathews is a big armed, large framed passer who has taken too many sacks this season. He struggles with inconsistent footwork but does flash a few extraordinary passes downfield. Teams will certainly be looking at his lower half during practices.
Thu, Dec 5, 2013 04:03:00 PM

At least 15 NFL scouts will be on hand to watch Cornell versus Princeton on Saturday.

There are two noteworthy names in this contest, the first being Cornell senior passer Jeff Mathews. The big bodied quarterback has a favorable arm but has spotty footwork and has taken too many sacks this season. On the opposite side, defensive tackle Caraun Reid will likely be a riser during the draft process.
Sat, Nov 2, 2013 11:11:00 AM

Cornell senior QB Jeff Mathews completed 30 of 46 attempts for 419 yards, four touchdowns, and one interception in the school's loss to Brown.

He added another touchdown on the ground. Cornell is on a five game losing streak since winning the season opener against Bucknell. Mathews has had an up and down final season, and one of his biggest weaknesses has been taking sacks, including 15 combined in the last four games. His big arm will be on display throughout the draft process.
Mon, Oct 28, 2013 10:51:00 AM

12 NFL scouts are in attendance for Cornell's game against Harvard.

We expect many are on hand to check out Cornell senior quarterback Jeff Mathews, a big bodied passer who will draw a draft selection. The only question is how high Mathews can go, and the pre-draft process will likely go a long way in determining that.
Sat, Oct 12, 2013 01:44:00 PM

Cornell senior QB Jeff Mathews completed 25 of 43 attempts for 336 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions in a 38-23 loss to Yale.

Mathews added a fumble on a sack. There's a lot to like about the Cornell passer, namely his size, big arm, and ability to work downfield, but he has some timing and balance issues in the pocket. This was only Cornell's second game of the season.
Mon, Sep 30, 2013 10:14:00 AM

Cornell senior QB Jeff Mathews completed 15 of 23 attempts for 285 yards and three touchdowns in a 45-13 win over Bucknell.

This was Mathews' first action of the season, as the Big Red were late to starting on-field action. The senior has a huge arm and flashes pocket movement, but he needs work on his touch, placement, and footwork, with the latter likely being the culprit of most issues. The school's game against Dartmouth on November 9 will be televised on NBC Sports Network.
Mon, Sep 23, 2013 05:11:00 PM

After speaking with Cornell coaches, SI's Chris Burke called senior QB Jeff Mathews a "student of the game."

"He’s really knowledgeable of the offense, and this is not an easy offense," quarterbacks coach Shane Hurd said. "He can tell exactly where the ball’s gonna go, based on one movement from a defensive player.... He studies more film... he’s here during the summer, up in the offices all the time watching film on his own. He gets it." After studying Mathews' game, our own Josh Norris felt like Mathews' biggest issue was working through progressions while managing the pocket, but the senior has reportedly shown improvement in that area this summer. Don't be surprised to hear his name listed among the top three senior quarterbacks.
Tue, Jun 25, 2013 02:12:00 PM's Gil Brandt believes Cornell's Jeff Mathews is the best non-FBS senior QB.

ESPN's Mel Kiper talked up Mathews last September, so it will be fun to watch his evaluation play out compared to top FBS quarterback prospects. There's a chance Mathews ultimately ends up with a higher grade than former Harvard quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, who was drafted in the seventh-round.
Tue, May 14, 2013 10:57:00 AM

ESPN's Mel Kiper listed Cornell junior QB Jeff Mathews as a prospect that is "almost famous" or on the rise.

For comparisons sake, Kiper projects that Mathews will receive a higher grade than former Harvard quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, who was drafted in the seventh-round. Kiper goes as far to say that Mathews "could move into the conversation for the top half of the draft," and cites the junior's big arm, ability to work through progressions and read defenses, and mobility.
Source: ESPN
Mon, Sep 24, 2012 03:50:00 PM