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Texas A&M's Matthews could be an NFL center for many years


Representatives from 30 NFL teams -- including offensive line coaches from the Chicago Bears, Indianapolis Colts, New Orleans Saints, New York Jets and Seattle Seahawks, defensive backs coaches from the Colts, Detroit Lions and Oakland Raiders, and a running backs coach from the Cincinnati Bengals -- were on hand for Texas A&M's pro day on Wednesday. The only teams without a representative in attendance were the Los Angeles Rams and Miami Dolphins.

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A total of 14 players worked out indoors and on FieldTurf.

Center Mike Matthews -- 6-foot-1 5/8, 297 pounds -- is the son of Pro Football Hall of Famer Bruce Matthews and brother of Jake Matthews, who was a first-round pick of the Atlanta Falcons in the 2014 NFL Draft. Mike Matthews was not invited to the NFL Scouting Combine. At Texas A&M's pro day, Matthews ran the 40-yard dash in 5.43 and 5.5 seconds. He had a 24 1/2-inch vertical and 7-foot-11 broad jump. He did the 20-yard short shuttle in 5.06 seconds and the three-cone drill in 8.19 seconds. He performed 30 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press. Matthews won't wow anybody with his pro-day workout numbers, but when you put on the game tape, he's a completely different player. His man rarely makes a play, and Matthews does a great job because of his competitiveness. Some team will sign Matthews as a priority free-agent following the 2016 NFL Draft, and he could be that team's center for many years.

Offensive guard Joseph Cheek -- 6-6, 301 -- ran the 40 in 5.43 and 5.5 seconds. He had a 23-inch vertical and 7-foot-11 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 5.03 seconds, and had 24 bench-press reps. Cheek had a good workout in front of those offensive line coaches in attendance.

Running back Tra Carson -- 5-11 1/8, 226 -- ran the 40 in 4.68 and 4.64 seconds. He had a 37 1/2-inch vertical and 9-foot-7 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.33 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.1 seconds. He showed some quickness in the positional drills, but didn't catch the ball real clean.

Cornerback De'Vante Harris -- 5-10 7/8, 180 -- ran the 40 in 4.5 and 4.46 seconds. He also had five reps on the bench. Harris had a good workout and is really fluid, but he's just not big or strong. He also pulled a hamstring during the workout.

Cornerback Brandon Williams -- 5-11 1/4, 198 -- stood on his numbers from the combine. Williams was a running back who was moved to defensive back. He did a good job in the positional drills, but you can tell he's not an accomplished defensive back yet and still needs to learn the nuances of the position.

Offensive guard Germain Ifedi -- 6-5 3/4, 325 -- had a very good pro-day workout. He's a great physical specimen, and looks more like he's 300 pounds than 325.

Punter Drew Kaser -- 6-1 7/8, 214 -- went outside on a very windy day, but showed a strong leg. He will be drafted as a punter.

The scouts in attendance get treated very well at Texas A&M, which served a big breakfast before the workout and a Mexican food lunch afterward.

Follow Gil Brandt on Twitter @Gil_Brandt.



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