Matt Ryan has a good NFL arm. It's not a cannon, but it's closer to what Peyton Manning has. A mid-range-strength arm with great accuracy. However, Jeff Mathews has a trebuchet attached to his shoulder. He can launch a ball and has great zip on it in mid- and short ranges.
Mathews also has the same kind of ideal frame that Ryan possesses. As a player, the skill set Mathews has is much closer to a Drew Bledsoe or Joe Flacco than anyone else. He's an ideal-sized, strong-armed statue in the backfield.
The biggest issue he has is an inability to handle a rush. The Falcons should be able to protect him there with the improved offensive line. The other question comes from Mathews' ability to transition from the Ivy League to the NFL. He will have to jump up quickly to make it higher than the practice squad.
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Scott Carasik is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. He covers the Atlanta Falcons, college football, the NFL and the NFL draft. He also runs DraftFalcons.com.