After a strong performance at the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine, offensive tackle Jake Matthews acquitted himself well once again at Texas A&M's pro day Wednesday.
Although Matthews refrained from running the 40-yard dash or doing the bench press, he was active in position drills and showed a great amount of fluidity and potential throughout.
According to Rainer Sabin of The Dallas Morning News, three NFL general managers were present to take in Matthews' workout up close:
Bills, Steelers and Rams GMs are at A&M Pro Day. Mike Evans, Johnny Manziel won't work out but Jake Matthews is expected to do some drills.— Rainer Sabin (@RainerSabinDMN) March 5, 2014
One team that was particularly interested in Matthews was the St. Louis Rams as they worked him out individually, per Billy Liucci of TexAgs.com:
A&M OT Jake Matthews getting worked out by St. Louis Rams (2nd overall pick) O-line coach during individual workout.— Billy Liucci (@billyliucci) March 5, 2014
The Rams hold the No. 2 overall pick in the draft, and after scouting Matthews Wednesday, he has to be considered a very real possibility, per Mark Passwaters of Rivals.com:
It could be a match made in heaven for all parties involved since Matthews is already familiar with Rams head coach Jeff Fisher. Matthews' father, Hall of Fame offensive lineman Bruce Matthews, played under Fisher with the Tennessee Titans.
According to Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com, Matthews wouldn't mind following in his father's footsteps in that regard:
I knew him a little bit, not too well. Obviously my dad played for him, I know he's got a great relationship with him. I was just a kid running around when my dad was playing. I know him but not really too well. There is that connection for sure but I would love to play for him.
With quarterback Johnny Manziel and wide receiver Mike Evans sitting out, Matthews took center stage at Texas A&M's pro day. According to James Palmer of CSNHouston.com, Matthews was the only player on the field at one point:
Jake Matthews is the only player working out right now at A&M Pro Day. Going through individual OL drills.— James Palmer (@JPalmerCSN) March 5, 2014
As seen in this Instagram video courtesy of ESPN.com's Sam Khan Jr., a number of talent evaluators looked on with great interest during that time:
In addition to all the scouts that were on hand, Matthews' father was there as well. Bruce Matthews offered support to his son, and provided some positive reinforcement following the completion of his drills:
After Jake Matthews finishes his individual workout, he gets a small round of applause from HOF dad and both brothers.— James Palmer (@JPalmerCSN) March 5, 2014
Matthews didn't necessarily do anything groundbreaking at his pro day, but he certainly didn't hurt his stock either. If anything, he built upon it after putting on a good show at the combine.
According to NFL.com, Matthews ran the 40-yard dash in 5.07 seconds and posted a 30.5-inch vertical, which are strong numbers for a man who stands 6'5" and weighs 308 pounds.
Perhaps the biggest thing working in Matthews' favor is the fact that nobody seems to have a bad word to say about him. Per Palmer, Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin waxed poetic about Matthews' ability and effort:
Kevin Sumlin raved about Jake Matthews. Said his personality and work ethic set him apart from everyone else.— James Palmer (@JPalmerCSN) March 5, 2014
Which offensive tackle will be taken first in the NFL draft?
While NFL scouts probably didn't learn anything new about Matthews at Texas A&M's pro day, his status as a top prospect was confirmed.
Matthews is in direct competition with Auburn's Greg Robinson to be the first offensive tackle off the board in May's draft, but it's difficult to imagine either of them lasting beyond the top five.
Matthews displayed plenty of maturity and polish Wednesday, and that could ultimately put him over the top.
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