Photo of Jake Matthews
Drafted By: Falcons
  • Round 1
  • Pick 6
  • Overall 6

Combine Results

Grade
7.25 ?
  • 5.07 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 24 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 30.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 105.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.34 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.47 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"How about the lineage? His dad is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. His uncle Clay (Matthews) had a long career. His cousin Clay plays for the Packers. His other cousin Casey plays for the Eagles. This kid is special. He's a technician, and I believe they are going to play him at right tackle in Season 1. His pass pro is so simple ... he's not a grabber. He's going to help Atlanta on Day 1." -- Mike Mayock

  • 6'5" Height
  • 33 3/8" Arm Length
  • 308LBS. Weight
  • 9 7/8" Hands

Overview

Son of Hall of Famer Bruce Matthews. Uncle, Clay Matthews Jr., was a Pro Bowl linebacker for the Browns; cousin, Clay III, is an All-Pro linebacker for the Packers; and cousin, Casey, is a linebacker for the Eagles. Jake was a USA Today and Parade All-American. Played 10 games as a true freshman in 2010, starting the final seven at right tackle. Started all 26 games at RT 2011-12. In '13, replaced Jaguars first-rounder Luke Joeckel at left tackle and started all 13 games. Team captain.

Analysis

Strengths

Big, strong, athletic, natural bender. Exceptional technician. Explosive six-inch punch -- quick, active hands. Outstanding base, balance, body control and hand placement. Drives defenders off the ball -- outstanding run blocker. Explosive hip snap. Takes good angles to the second level. Plays with very good awareness -- shows very good athletic ability flipping his hips and adjusting to moving pockets with a jitterbug quarterback. Keen to recognize and quick to adjust to the blitz. Strong finisher -- displays a mean streak and seeks to finish. Has long-snapping experience. Hails from football royalty family -- third-generation NFLer. Tough competitor. Very focused and determined. Humble and grounded. Outstanding all-around character. Film junkie. Started in the SEC for 3-plus seasons. Extremely durable -- missed no time to injuries.

Weaknesses

Arm length appears too short -- limited reach and extension. Operated in a spread offense. Can do a better job sustaining (though was presented with a near-impossible task of knowing where the pocket would be to protect). Has only one year of experience at left tackle.

Draft Projection

Round 1 (top 10)

Bottom Line

Smart, tough, versatile franchise left tackle capable of playing all five positions on the line. Can plug into a starting lineup immediately and will play a long time at a consistently high level. One of the safest picks in the draft, Matthews' best position might even be center.
-Nolan Nawrocki
C
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.

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