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Jake Matthews NFL Draft 2014: Grading Falcons' 1st-Round Pick

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Team Stream NowB/R VideoOctober 15, 2016

Jake Matthews was drafted sixth overall by the Atlanta Falcons in the 2014 NFL draft. The former Texas A&M standout ranks as one of the top offensive line prospects in this year's draft, and the Falcons clearly felt he was too good to pass up. 

Matthews came into his own last season as a pass and run blocker for the Aggies, helping them control the line of scrimmage and create holes for their run game. He showed a ton of potential overall and was long seen as an elite prospect.

The offensive tackle ranks as one of the biggest, strongest prospects in this season's class. He's capable of knocking defensive linemen off the point of contact, holding them back with his elite strength and skill. His footwork is solid, and he's skilled at blocking in both the pass and the run game. He has good upper-body strength overall and will be a force on the offensive line. 

However, there are some causes for concern in Matthews' game. He's not the fastest or most agile lineman, and for all his strength, he can get pushed around on occasion. 

Is Matthews the next great offensive lineman, or will his lack of athleticism and foot speed be exploited in the pros? Watch as our draft experts discuss his ceiling, and what the former Aggie brings to the NFL.

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