Scouting Report: Jordan Matthews

Thomas Frank Carr

ESPN Radio 1450 Draft Analyst

 Jordan Matthews

Sr. WR Vanderbilt


Height: 6’3 1/8”                         Weight: 212                Arm length: 33 ¼”                          40 yard Dash: 4.46

Bench reps: 21                          3 Cone: 6.95             Vertical jump: 35.5 in                  20 yard Shuttle: 4.18 sec    

 


Strengths

·         Tall Rangy receiver with lanky frame huge hands

·         Good speed, smooth runner with great straight-line speed

·         Will go over the middle and make the tough catch

·         Uses multiple gears to get open

·         Can line up inside or outside

·         Catches the ball well over the shoulder

·         Good route runner

 

Weaknesses

·         Needs to add bulk to frame, but strong already

·         Doesn’t have explosive acceleration, more of a glider when he runs

·         Doesn’t use multiple gears when running routes

·         Rounds off the top of his routes, needs to break down and sink hips

·         Will drop some balls he shouldn’t

·         Finesse player, not a great blocke

 

Analysis:

Jordan Matthews is one of the few receivers in this draft with true No. 1 receiver potential. He has the size, straight line speed, and hands to be a complete player. Matthews left college as the best statistical receiver in SEC history and he did it at historical doormat Vanderbilt. He has a smooth, fluid movement and terrific long speed. Matthews needs to polish his game to be great at the next level. Along with gaining ten pounds, ne needs to work on refining his route running skills. He tends to run high and round off the top of his routes. In five years we could be talking about Matthews as the best receiver of this draft.