Jordan Matthews NFL Draft 2014: Grading Eagles' 2nd-Round Pick

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Jordan Matthews enters the pros with an NFL pedigree.

The 6’3’’, 212-pound wide receiver has a cousin by the name of Jerry Rice. Matthews certainly has the durability of his family member; having played in all 52 games of his collegiate career.

The former Vanderbilt star left the Commodores owning the SEC record for career receptions (262) and receiving yards (3,759). Matthews projects to be more of a possession receiver in the NFL with his superior size, incredibly reliable hands and overall toughness.

So what is keeping Matthews from being mentioned next to prospects like Sammy Watkins and Mike Evans?

His lack of explosiveness. Matthews struggles to create separation down field and does not have the ability to outrun most cornerbacks. While he is one of the safer picks in the entire draft, his ceiling isn’t extremely high.

But it’s hard to ignore his stats. As a senior he hauled in 112 passes for 1,477 yards and seven touchdowns on a 9-4 Vandy team. In the BBVA Compass Bowl, his final as a collegiate athlete, Matthews registered 143 receiving yards and two touchdowns. He isn’t afraid of the big moment, and he continued to get better throughout his four years in college.

Watch B/R's NFL draft analysts as they break down what Matthews will bring to the NFL.

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