Scouting Report: Jake Matthews

Thomas Frank Carr

ESPN Radio 1450 Draft Analyst 

Jake Matthews

OT Sr. Texas A&M



Height: 6’5”                                Weight: 308                          Arm length: 33 ½”                     40 yard Dash: 5.07

Broad Jump: 105 in                  Bench: 24 reps                    Vertical jump: 30.5 in            20 yard Shuttle: 4.47      

 


Strengths

·         Elite size and has NFL bloodlines

·         Very quick feet and smooth kick slide

·         Fluid hips and explosive, can get out and run on screens and bubbles

·         Stays balanced and in control in pass pro

·         Played every position along line in college

·         Incredibly sound fundamentals

·         Doesn’t bend at waist or lean on defenders

·         Can reach block and seal the outside.

·         Tracks defenders at the next level

 

Weaknesses

·         Short arms for height

·         Not as strong or physically dominant as you would like

·         Lined up in a spread offense, rarely had his hand in the dirt

·         Needs to consistently finish blocks

Analysis:

Jake Matthews is as close to a sure thing as there is. His NFL bloodlines are well documented and he lives up to them with his play. He is incredibly sound in his fundamentals and he plays with urgency. One of the better tackle prospects to come out recently. He doesn’t have the size and raw power of some of the other tackles in this draft but he is by no means a finesse player. Barring injury, Matthews is a perennial pro bowler for whatever teams drafts him. An instant upgrade on the left side for any team in the top 10.