NEW YORK (CBS HOUSTON): Texas A&M Tackle Jake Matthews was selected 6th overall by Falcons.
The highly touted lineman was considered either the first or second best OL prospect in this year’s draft. He is also the son of Hall of Fame lineman Bruce Matthews.
While he does not possess former teammate and 2013 first rounder Luke Joeckel’s light feet, Matthews is the stronger and more physical run blocker of the two and is perfectly suited to remain at this position in the NFL.
Matthews signed with the Aggies with great fanfare as his father is Hall of Famer Bruce Matthews, who starred all along the offensive line for 19 seasons with the Houston Oilers and Tennessee Titans.
Jake proved early on that he was worthy of the hype, solidifying the Aggies’ offensive line once he entered the starting lineup in week six of the 2010 season (Missouri) as the team battled injuries up front. Despite starting just seven games as a true freshman he was recognized by the media as an honorable mention all-conference performer in 2011 and 2012, and most recently received First-Team AP All-American honors. Matthews could have joined Joeckel as a high first-round choice a year ago but elected to come back to College Station for his senior campaign. In making the switch to left tackle in 2013, his stock could end up even higher.
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