Personally, I prefer Allen Robinson. Matthews is good and I’d be OK with him being a Buc, but he doesn’t seem like an elusive-after-the-catch type that I envision Tedford preferring. Allen Robinson is built, tough, and has good moves after getting the ball. He may not be real fast, but he can make people miss or power through them when he gets the ball. Of course, I could be completely wrong about what Tedford wants in his offense.
http://www.nfl.com/draft/2014/profiles/jordan-matthews?id=2543500http://www.nfl.com/draft/2014/profiles/jordan-matthews?id=2543500http://www.nfl.com/draft/2014/profiles/jordan-matthews?id=25435006' 3" 212 pounds. Tall and slender he will fill in his frame in the next 2 years and be ideal size. 33 1/4" arms and HUUUUUUUUUGE 10 3/8" hands. For his size has good length and amazing hands that can only get better. His hands are into legit Superfreak status. Doesnt look fast or sudden on film but is a smooth long glider with long legs who gets open and catches the ball. 4.46 40 time. 4.18 short shuttle is very good for a player his size. By comparison Watkins had a 4.34 and Evans had a 4.26. He has above average measurables for a kid his size. But his only issue seems to be that he hasnt fully developed yet. If he were 225 with those numbers he woyld be a top-10 talent IMO.I would be all over him in the 2nd round or even trade up a little for him. I think he goes to NE, CAR, SF, or SEA in round 1. All need WR and the sky is the limit for Jordan.
Matthews would be a great pick in the 2nd round if we take a QB in the first. I think he is underrated, personally. He has the size, good speed, production, etc. that you look for. If he, Robinson, and Cooks are all there in the second I would be happy with any of them, assuming we go QB in round one.
Man I love this kid. I can see us taking him in the 2nd or 3rd. Most don’t see him making it to the 3rd but a lot depends on how the qb’s play out in the 1st. It could be a defensive free for all in the 2nd with a return to offense in the 3rd.
Don’t think he plays that fast but he is very polished and probably the best route runner in this class. Combined with 6’3″ height he’s going to be able to get open. I read somewhere that he was a bit DIVAish which surprised me but he is also a very hard worker so even if true it doesn’t really concern me if he has a ego. I like him a lot. Remember at the Senior Bowl, both him and Carr stayed after practice and worked together. Shows professionalism by both.
Before every football game, Jordan Matthews watches highlights of his cousin.It’s not a bad guy to watch.Matthews is related to Jerry Rice, who is widely considered the NFL’s greatest receiver of all time. Rice is Matthews’ mom’s first cousin.It would be a stretch to say Matthews is going to be the next Rice considering he’s not even in the NFL yet. But Matthews is working towards it. And he could be just what the Ravens are looking for.The Ravens want a reliable pass-catcher in third-down situations, somebody who simply makes the play whether they’re in press or zone coverage. That’s Matthews, who is projected as a late first- or second-round pick.Rice was the most productive receiver in NFL history with 22,895 career receiving yards and 1,549 catches. Matthews was the most productive receiver in SEC history with 3,759 career receiving yards on 262 catches.Matthews doesn’t have an extremely close relationship with Rice. He first met him when he was 12 or 13 when the family went to see Rice play for the Oakland Raiders. He talked to him once on the phone during college before a game against Kentucky.“I’m not big on calling him and bothering him,” Matthews said. “I’ve learned enough from him just from watching his film and trying to emulate him with things in my game. You can’t ask for more than that.“Seeing how his work ethic brought him from Starksville, Mississippi to that point in his life, it makes you want to go out and do something on your own.”Matthews certainly takes the initiative.He contacted Senior Bowl Executive Director Phil Savage to request film on the cornerbacks that he would be practicing against in the Senior Bowl. When he didn’t get it, he pulled up as many YouTube clips as he could find.He stayed after practice on Monday and Tuesday to get extra throws in with Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr, then said they would get in the film room together later that night. No other players stayed after practice.“I think those things are necessary if you want to be the player you want to be,” Matthews said. “I feel like those are things that should be required. Proper preparation prevents poor performance. If you fail to prepare, that’s preparing to fail. I don’t ever want to be that person who comes out here blind.”The 6-foot-2, 209-pound Matthews had a bit of a slow start at the Senior Bowl, but was excellent on Tuesday and good again on Wednesday. He is physical enough to get off press coverage, runs good routes and gets open. He juked one defender badly on Wednesday, drawing “ooohs” from the crowd.There is a pack of junior wide receivers that may be drafted ahead Matthews. There’s Clemson’s explosive Sammy Watkins, Texas A&M’s big-bodied Mike Evans, Southern California’s smooth Marquise Lee and Penn State’s physical Allen Robinson.They may measure out quicker, bigger, and more physically gifted than Matthews at the combine, but Matthews shines in the competitive practice environment of the Senior Bowl rather than in tights.“I think this is an opportunity for me to come out here and compete and show who I am as a football player,” Matthews said. “I’m just glad everyone could see that I compete.”