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Draft Scout Jake Matthews News
03/17/14 - 2014 Pro Days: Jake Matthews draws crowd at Texas A&M workout...Bills general manager Doug Whaley and Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert -- teams with needs at offensive tackle -- were also spotted Wednesday. The Atlanta Falcons were represented and general manager Thomas Dimitroff has spoken highly of Matthews. Atlanta owns the sixth overall pick; the Bills pick ninth. The son of 19-year NFL veteran and Hall of Fame tackle Bruce Matthews, Jake played right tackle -- 33 consecutive starts -- until shifting to the left side to replaced 2013 second overall pick Luke Joeckel. Bruce Matthews played against and later for Rams head coach Jeff Fisher, who is in his 19th season as a head coach.
Like Joeckel, Matthews is just 22 years old, technically sound and athletic enough to remain at left tackle regardless of offensive scheme. In direct comparisons with Robinson, many observers give Robinson the runaway advantage. Matthews is still a solid athlete. He was a high school quarterback until he grew into an offensive lineman's frame midway through his sophomore season. Scouts see him as a plug-and-play left tackle, but he could line up at any of the five offensive line positions and succeed. He is one of three Aggies with first-round grades from NFLDraftScout.com. Quarterback Johnny Manziel and wide receiver Mike Evans were in attendance Wednesday but will wait to work out for teams until March 27. Evans said he met this week with the Patriots and 49ers and claims to be hearing more discussion that he could be drafted in the top 10. - The Sports Xchange
03/17/14 - 2014 Pro Days: Jake Matthews draws crowd at Texas A&M workout...For the second consecutive day, the St. Louis Rams were front and center leading the pro day workout of a top-ranked offensive tackle. After directing Auburn's Greg Robinson, NFLDraftScout.com's No. 2 overall prospect, through his position-specific routine Tuesday, Rams offensive line coach Paul Boudreau pushed Texas A&M offensive tackle Jake Matthews -- our third-ranked prospect -- through drills in College Station, Texas, at the Aggies' pro day Wednesday.
The Rams contingent included general manager Les Snead, widely regarded as the top target to deal down in the 2014 draft from No. 2. Because St. Louis is set at defensive end and, as the Rams maintain, quarterback, moving down would open the possibility of drafting Matthews, projected to be drafted anywhere from No. 6-12. Boudreau is a 27-year veteran with a notable list of first-round pick pupils including seven-time Pro Bowl tackle Orlando Pace, left tackle Todd Steussie (Vikings, Panthers) and Lomas Brown (Lions). The Rams met with Matthews privately after the workout. He also met with the Cleveland Browns. "I want to reiterate what I've put on film all year," Matthews said last month. "I want to put up good numbers and show I'm the best tackle." - The Sports Xchange
02/20/14 - 2014 NFL Draft Scout Pre-Combine Top 64 Prospects: 2. Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M, 6-5, 305, 5.08, 1...The latest NFL prospect from the famous Matthews gene pool, Jake is the son of 19-year veteran Hall of Famer Bruce (Houston, Tennessee) and looks it. He doesn't have the quick-footed agility of former teammate Luke Joeckel, the No. 2 overall pick last year (Jacksonville), but, like dad, is more of an enforcer who can consume defenders. Moved from right to left tackle last season to protect QB Johnny Manziel's blind side and proved he is NFL ready. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange
01/04/14 - Texas A&M left tackle Jake Matthews won the Bobby Bowden Award on Friday, presented for high performance on the field, in class and in the community. Matthews, the son of former NFL lineman Bruce Matthews, is a two-time all-Southeastern Conference player who moved from right to left tackle for his senior season. Matthews is considered by many experts to be a top-five pick in this year's NFL draft. The award, named after the former Florida State coach, is sponsored by the Seminole Tribe of Florida. Other finalists for the award were Mississippi punter Tyler Campbell, Arizona linebacker Jake Fischer, Oklahoma offensive lineman Gabe Ikard, Oklahoma State linebacker Shaun Lewis and Alabama receiver Kevin Norwood. - AP Sports
12/26/13 - CBSSPORTS.COM ALL-AMERICANS: FIRST-TEAM OFFENSE AS NFL DRAFT PROSPECTS: OT - Jake Matthews, Sr., Texas A&M: Taking over for last year's second overall draft pick Luke Joeckel at left tackle, Matthews protected Johnny Manziel's blind side this season and quietly had a strong senior campaign. He displays the feet and shuffle quickness to mirror speed off the edge and the base and hand strength to stonewall power rushers. Matthews isn't flashy, but his consistency and versatility is what makes him attractive to next level scouts. Look for Matthews to give the Aggies back-to-back years with offensive tackles drafted in the top-five picks, maybe the top three picks. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com