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OT Jake Matthews – Scouting Report

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TAFS Feature: Jake Matthews “No Regrets”

Name:
  Jake Matthews

School / Player Number:  Texas A&M, #75

Position:  OT

Ht:  6’5′

Wt:  309lbs

Position Rank:  1

Overall Rank:  3

Daily Football Report Grade – 1st Round

NFL Projected Round – 1st Round

NFL Projection – Top-Line Starter

High School Career 

High School – Ft. Bend Elkins H.S., Missouri City, TX

Accomplishments – Consensus All-American by all national recruiting services; Earned 1st-team All-District and All-Greater Houston.

Rankings – 247 sports composite #5 ranked OT, #37 overall, 4 star prospect; Rivals #7 ranked OT, #48 overall, 4 star prospect; ESPN #7 ranked OT, #90 overall 4 star prospect; Scout #1 ranked OG, 5 star prospect.

Notable Scholarship Offers – Texas A&M, Florida, Oklahoma, Texas, USC, Stanford, Baylor

Summary – Matthews was one of the most highly sought after recruits in the nation and had his choice of universities but ultimately chose to stay close to home with the Aggies. 

Collegiate Career

2010 – Earned Big 12 All-Freshman honors after moving into starting lineup in week six.  Played in 10 contests, starting seven at right tackle.  One of the top freshmen in the country in 2010.

2011 – Started at right tackle opposite superstar blind side protector Luke Joeckel blocking for future NFL 1st round pick Ryan Tannehill.  Operated in pro-style offense under head coach Mike Sherman while developing into a vital cog of an offensive line that only allowed nine sacks in 13 games in 2011.

2012 – Started for 3rd consecutive season at right tackle combining with Joeckel to form best tackle combination in the country.  Had to learn new offense under first year head coach Kevin Sumlin and freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel.  Named 1st-Team All-American and 1st-team All-SEC for his efforts.  Also was team’s deep snapper adding to his arsenal.

2013 – Started all 13 games at left tackle moving over from the right side to replace the departed Joeckel.  Earned 1st-Team All-American honors and All-SEC for the second consecutive season while also being named a finalist for the Outland Trophy.  Bobby Bowden Award Winner for work not only on the field but also in the classroom and community.  Also awarded SEC Jacobs Blocking Trophy Winner by the coaches.

Summary – Very few true freshman offensive linemen take over as a starter but Matthews accomplished this and the Aggies have never had to worry about him since.  Under Mike Sherman he gained the valuable experience of blocking in a pro-style offense for a future NFL QB.  In the past two years he has had to learn a new offensive system that is completely different than what he had known before and then had to chance positions as a senior.  With each change came adjustment, which Matthews completed seamlessly and his play only continued to improve.  I believe he ends his Aggie career as one of the top offensive lineman in their storied history.

NFL Skill Set Scouting Report

Description Analysis
Size/Speed: Possesses very good size and frame but does not have ideal physique for Left Tackle; Arms are a little shorter than you would prefer.
Athletic Ability: Very good athlete; Has good flexibility and agility; Excellent base and plays with balance; Natural athlete.
Playing Strength: Has very good playing strength but is not overpowering; Is not overly physical and relies more on finesse and technique than brute strength.
Pass Protection: Outstanding in pass pro; Uses hands very well; Light on his feet; Good initial quickness off snap; Will bend knees and does a good job of sinking hips; Also does a solid job of extending and walling off defender.
Run Block: Solid run blocker using excellent technique and not just power; Does a good job of gaining leverage and locking up defender; Plays with balance; Takes good angles and finishes his blocks; Doesn’t get a great deal of penetration but will seal off defender consistently; Gets to second level with ease.
Quickness/Agility: Very good initial quickness off the snap, particularly in pass pro; Sets quick & has good lateral movement; Not overly explosive in run game; Re-directs well; Natural athlete, enables him to move & adjust well; Very good feet.
Shuffle/Slide: Very good kick and slide; Has excellent feet enabling him to shuffle and slide quite well.
Hand Usage/Punch: Has an aggressive, explosive punch; Does a good job of gaining leverage and maintaining position; Good job in hand placement; Uses hands well & does a good job of extending & locking in pass pro.
Awareness: Very experienced with good family lineage; Excellent knowledge of how to play position and what to look for; Good job of recognizing what the defense is going to do; Picks up stunts/blitzes.
Durability: Overall, has proven to be durable; No major concerns here.
2014 Combine

40 yd dash

Hand Size

Vertical jump

Broad jump

5.07

9 7/8’’

30 ½’’

8’9

Short Shuttle

Arm Length

Bench press

Three-cone

DNP

33 3/8’’

24

7.34

2014 Pro Day

40 yd dash

Hand Size

Vertical jump

Broad jump

 DNP

N/A

DNP

DNP

Short Shuttle

Arm Length

Bench press

Three-cone

DNP

N/A

DNP

DNP

Summary

Highly publicized collegiate star that comes from a tremendous football family (father is Bruce former NFL great and Hall of Fame OL, uncle is Clay Matthews, Sr, former NFL great LB and cousin is current Green Bay Packer LB Clay Matthews, Jr).  Has been groomed since childhood to be an NFL offensive lineman.  Matthews has started on some of the best offensive lines in college teaming up with 2013 #2 overall pick Luke Joeckel (Jaguars) to form the best tackle combination in recent years.  He has started at both tackle positions while at College Station and will probably begin his NFL career on the right side but his long-term future is likely to be at left tackle.  He has consistently played at a high level and continued to improve each year.  Matthews can be dominant at times and there were very few defenders in the college game that could cause him problems.  His work ethic is exemplary and he has displayed a little bit of a nasty streak at times on the field.  Though he doesn’t have the ideal frame (shorter arms) you look for his size is just fine and he has the ability to develop into a Pro Bowl talent.  Matthews should be able to contribute as a rookie and I would expect him to earn a starting job somewhere along the offensive line in his first year before eventually settling in at left tackle for the next five-ten years for an NFL team.  Possesses the versatility to start anywhere along the offensive line.  I am ranking Matthews as my number one offensive tackle however a case can certainly be made for Greg Robinson or Taylor Lewan.  I am giving a slight edge to Matthews due to his versatility and overall package that you will get with him.  There will be no surprises, little risk of bust and his family ties don’t hurt.  He is a plug and play from day one at a multitude of positions.  With his ability and upside he will not last long on draft day and should be off the board within the first 5-10 picks in round one.