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Jake Matthews | Tackle

Team: Atlanta Falcons
Age / DOB:  (22) / 2/11/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 309
College: Texas A&M
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The Falcons have moved No. 6 overall pick Jake Matthews to left tackle in the wake of Sam Baker's season-ending knee injury.
It's a no-brainer move for the Falcons, but it doesn't mean it will be an effective one. Lamar Holmes, who struggled badly in 15 starts last season, is now forced to slide in at right tackle. And Matthews will have a ton of pressure on him right away to protect Matt Ryan's blind side. The Falcons have holes in just about every position group except wide receiver and quarterback. Aug 18 - 12:11 PM

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Falcons signed No. 6 overall pick OT Jake Matthews to a four-year contract.

It comes with a fifth-year club option for 2018. Matthews was the second tackle off the board, behind Greg Robinson at No. 2 overall to the Rams. The former Texas A&M Aggie is expected to begin his career at right tackle in Atlanta, but it wouldn't be a shock if he and LT Sam Baker flip-flop. Baker is coming off a bad 2013 season that was cut short due to knee problems.
May 21 - 4:07 PM

Speaking after the first round of the draft, Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff said No. 6 overall pick OT Jake Matthews would start out at right tackle.

It's the politically-correct answer, but Matthews should get every opportunity to unseat Sam Baker on the blindside. Recovering from knee surgery, Baker was dreadful in four games last season, and has been a bust outside of his outlier 2012. Regardless of where Matthews plays, Lamar Holmes is now a backup. And that is something with which Falcons fans should be quite pleased.
May 9 - 12:14 AM

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.
May 8 - 8:50 PM

SI's Peter King believes the Falcons will "not sell the farm for anyone at the top of the draft, and will go left tackle at No. 6."

King's gut feeling is that the Texans will end up sticking at No. 1 and taking South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney with some "regret." That leaves the Rams to take Auburn LT Greg Robinson and the Falcons to plug their hole on Matt Ryan's blind side with Texas A&M's Jake Matthews.
May 8 - 10:59 AM

According to Profootballtalk, the thinking in some league circles is that the Rams would like to trade down with an eye toward selecting Texas A&M OT Jake Matthews.

It's become abundantly clear that the ever-active Rams have little desire to remain at No. 2. The trick will be finding a trade partner, as the Texans appear to have designs on moving back, as well. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Jim Thomas recently mocked Matthews to the Rams over Auburn OT Greg Robinson.
May 6 - 10:33 PM

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch thinks the Rams would select Texas A&M OT Jake Matthews over Auburn OT Greg Robinson if forced to decide between the two at No. 2 overall.

"[At No. 2], the Rams have a couple of options: trade down or take an offensive tackle," says beat writer Jim Thomas in a mock draft for the LA Times. "I don't think they'll take Sammy Watkins. I think they'll take Matthews over Robinson." Both Matthews and Robinson have a connection to coach Jeff Fisher; Matthews' father played for Fisher while Fisher's son played with Robinson at Auburn. Matthews is said to be a more polished player, but Robinson's upside is higher.
May 4 - 9:54 AM

A source tells ESPN that the Jaguars "could be targeting" Texas A&M OT Jake Matthews at No. 3 overall.

The Jags used the No. 2 overall pick on a Texas A&M tackle last year in Luke Joeckel. They also have a reasonable in-house candidate at right tackle in Austin Pasztor. Matthews would be a safe pick, but Buffalo edge player Khalil Mack and Clemson WR Sammy Watkins each bring more upside and fill a bigger need.
Apr 30 - 9:05 AM

ESPN Falcons reporter Vaughn McClure expects Atlanta to stand pat at the No. 6 overall pick and select "one of the top three offensive tackles."

We're not buying the Atlanta-Houston trade buzz either, because the cost would be prohibitive for a Falcons roster with numerous holes and lacking in depth. McClure anticipates GM Thomas Dimitroff selecting either Auburn's Greg Robinson, Texas A&M's Jake Matthews, or Michigan's Taylor Lewan at No. 6 overall. If the 49ers trade into the top five, as rumored with Oakland, we could see Mike Evans go with the fifth pick, leaving Matthews for Atlanta.
Apr 25 - 2:15 PM

A source tells the Florida Times Union the Jaguars are considering Texas A&M OT Jake Matthews with the No. 3 overall pick.

This would qualify as a major surprise after the Jags not only selected Matthews' former linemate Luke Joeckel with the No. 2 overall selection last year, but traded away LT Eugene Monroe for pennies on the dollar. The Jags do have a hole opposite Joeckel, however, and as their rumored offer sheet to transition-tagged C Alex Mack indicates, they are serious about improving their line. We still expect them to go in a different direction at No. 3.
Apr 10 - 5:45 PM

After studying Texas A&M LT Jake Matthews' college tape, NFL Films' Greg Cosell came away believing Matthews is a "much more refined and better player" than Auburn's Greg Robinson, at this stage.

We still expect Robinson to be drafted ahead of Matthews based on his higher ceiling, but Matthews is clearly much closer to a finished product. Former NFL offensive lineman Ross Tucker also looked at Matthews' tape, and stated afterward, "I love watching Jake Matthews play. Jake Matthews plays like he's already been in the NFL for five years." Matthews is a projected top-ten pick.
Apr 3 - 12:53 AM

Texas A&M OT Jake Matthews' official forty time at the NFL Combine was 5.07.

He finished ninth among offensive linemen, but this is a good time for a 308-pound player. Matthews just happens to be in an outstanding class, where Greg Robinson ran 4.92 and Taylor Lewan led the field with a 4.87. Matthews is likely to be drafted behind Robinson but before Lewan, somewhere in the top 12. He did disappoint somewhat on the bench, managing 24 reps of 225 pounds.
Feb 22 - 2:43 PM

Texas A&M OT Jake Matthews measured 6-foot-5 1/2 and 308 pounds at Thursday's NFL Combine weigh-in.

He has somewhat short arms at 33 3/8 inches, although not quite short enough to eliminate Matthews from left tackle consideration. There has been some odd buzz about NFL teams fancying Matthews as an interior lineman, which would hurt his stock. We expect him to stay at tackle and be a top-ten pick in May's draft.
Feb 20 - 4:13 PM

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