Jake Matthews, LT, Texas A&M (HT: 6'5"; WT: 308)
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- Exhibits exceedingly strong technique and awareness in nearly every aspect of the game.
- In pass protection, his kick-slide is smooth and he resets through engagement with patience and balance.
- Movements and attributes appear naturally powerfully balanced.
- Consistently keeps his hips and power base square to avoid over-extension.
- Rarely ever out of position or control on tape.
- Seemingly impossible for defensive coordinators when trying to bring stunts or delayed overloads from the right side of the defense.
- Adept at countering hand moves by opposing edge rushers.
- Has shown the ability to latch on drive defenders upfield as a powerful run-blocker.
- Played right tackle opposite Luke Joeckel until his 2013 season at Texas A&M.
- Generally viewed as a prospect who can come into an NFL camp immediately and man either side of the line with efficiency.
- Comes from an NFL family—always a huge plus with NFL scouts—as the son of Hall of Fame tackle Bruce Matthews.
- Would have likely been a Top 10 pick in the 2013 NFL draft had he not elected to return for his senior season.
- Has flourished in two vastly different offenses under Mike Sherman and Kevin Sumlin.
- Due to the nature of the Texas A&M offense, Matthews operates almost entirely out of a two-point stance throughout games.
- Would like to see Matthews fire out of a three-point stance in the run game more often.
- Carries no certainty to be able to be a road-grading right tackle in the NFL.
- Has a tendency to outsmart himself by over-thinking what moves might be coming from the pass-rusher.
- Is not always the quickest to the second level.
- More of a technician than an overwhelmingly powerful or smothering line presence.
NFL Comparison: Ryan Clady, LT, Denver Broncos
Personal Notes: (via Texas A&M athletic department)
- Jacob Matthews is the son of Carrie and Bruce Matthews of Sugar Land, Texas.
- Born February 11, 1992.
- University studies major in the Mays Business School Father, Bruce, was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame in 2007 after an illustrious 19-year career with the Houston Oilers and Tennessee Titans.
- Older brother, Kevin, was a two-year starter at center for the Aggies (2008-09) and younger brother Mike is a current Aggie.
Matthews is clearly a top-flight prospect who did absolutely no damage to his previously rock-solid NFL draft stock by remaining at Texas A&M for his senior season to work toward his degree and showcase his talents at the left tackle position. Matthews is a lock for the Top 10 overall, and could go as early as No. 2 to the St. Louis Rams. The biggest question tackle-needy teams in early draft position will be whether to select Matthews or Greg Robinson of Auburn. Both players are better prospects than either of 2013's top two tackles, Luke Joeckel and Eric Fisher.
Draft Projection: Top 5 overall