In 2013, the New Orleans wide receivers struggled as a unit. Quarterback Drew Brees enjoyed another 5,000-yard season through the air, but only one of his top four receivers (Marques Colston) was a wideout.
Following a drop-off in production last season, veteran receiver Lance Moore became a cap casualty and was released in early March. Meanwhile, 2013 draft pick Kenny Stills established himself as a capable deep threat who can stretch the field, and he'll likely have an increased role this coming season.
The 6’0” Brees has always been highly efficient when throwing to sizeable possession receivers, however, and the Saints are in need of another wideout that fits the bill.
At 6’3", Matthews is a large target who could immediately step in and produce. He set numerous receiving records in the talent-rich SEC, and he has a reputation for being a heady player, which makes him a great fit for coach Sean Payton’s complex passing attack.
There were questions about Matthews’ speed, or lack thereof, but he somewhat quieted that criticism at the combine with a 4.46 40-yard dash time.
The wide receiver talent in this year’s draft is very deep, and there is no shortage of enticing options with second-round grades. They include Penn State’s Allen Robinson, Fresno State’s Davante Adams, LSU’s Jarvis Landry, and Ole Miss’ Donte Moncrief.
Matthews appears to be as well-rounded as any of them, and his size and physicality make him a prime candidate for New Orleans to snatch him up in Round 2.