Jordan Matthews, WR, 6’3” 206 lbs, Vanderbilt

Jordan Matthews is a name your probably already familiar with and one that you may want on your team this upcoming season.  The Vanderbilt wide receiver product graduates having played all four years and became the All-Time SEC leader in career receptions (262) and receiving yards (3,759).  In his senior year he amassed 112 receptions, 1,477 yards and seven touchdowns while named third team AP All-American and first team All-SEC.  Matthews is a cousin of NFL royalty in Jerry Rice and showcases similar leadership being named team captain while at Vanderbilt.

Strengths: Matthews has above average height, arm length and hand size for a wide receiver.  He uses these advantages well by blocking out would be defenders and having a knack for the jump ball or getting after the ball in traffic.  His “sticky” hands seem to engulf the ball once it gets to him.  He does very well over the middle.  His field awareness is top-notch and he seems to know just where the sidelines are at all times.  He also seems to find the open spot in a defense, then catches the ball in stride to fluidly get a few more yards after the catch.  His body control is also very good which helps him be a big time reception guy.  Very strong in the blocking game for run plays.  Great physical game that allows him to lineup inside or outside and find preferred matchups.

Weaknesses:  He is not very graceful while running routes.  Does not have the top end quickness/explosiveness to get away from defenders down field.  Could add a few more pounds to continue dominating at the NFL level.

NFL Draft Prediction:  Matthews will most likely be grabbed at the bottom of the first round or early second round. If he drops in the first round San Francisco 49ers would be the right fit for him.

Written by: Nic Amanno

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