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Jake Matthews

Report Prepared By Lance Zierlein

Breakdown:

#75
Class: Senior
Height: 6'5"
Weight: 308 lbs.
School: Texas A&M
Bio:
  • 2013 Outland Trophy Finalist
  • Consensus All-American (2013), First-team FWAA All-American (2012)
  • 2X First-team All-SEC (2012, 2013)
  • Started 46 consecutive games (right tackle and left tackle)
  • Served as the team's longsnapper on punt and kick teams

 

Combine Notes

**Combine measurements

  • 40 yard dash - 5.07
  • Bench Press - 24 reps
  • Vertical jump - 30.5"
  • Broad jump - 8'9"
  • 3 cone drill - 7.34 seconds

**Arm/hand measurements

  • Arm length - 33 3/8"
  • Hand size - 9 7/8"

Pros

  • Works with a good, low pad level in run game and pass protection
  • Outstanding ability to mirror and closes down inside pass rush moves
  • Doesn’t leave his hands out lazily in pass protection
  • Isn’t a scheme specific player
  • Flexible and a little more athletic than former teammate Luke Joeckel
  • Doesn't overset in pass pro
  • Brings his feet with him when blocking LBs on second level
  • Has worked in multiple schemes after playing for Mike Sherman and Kevin Sumlin

Cons

  • Arms shorter than you would like at tackle spot
  • More of a finesse player and technician than powerful
  • Can be pushed in the pocket by long-armed bull rushers
  • Not asked to drive block very often in the running game
  • Has a tendency to catch pass rushers rather than punch
  • Despite having good feet, doesn’t always get to his reach blocks as effectively as he should at times
  • Appeared to be more effective in 2012 at staying engaged on his blocks than 2013

Film Room

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Mathews is playing RT in 2012 against Oklahoma in The Cotton Bowl
0:17 Smooth out of stance, good bend and upright posture.  Keep wide base while mirroring defender
3:06 Gets quickly to 2nd level on the ILB and stays engaged by bringing feet with him
5:02 Pulls from RT and shows off fluid movement skills getting into lead blocking position downfield for Manziel.

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2:20 Gets walked back a little bit but shows ability to drop anchor and "take a stand"
8:04 Doesn't take a very good angle to his block and isn't able to adjust quickly enough to execute
9:38 Recognizes the stunt with the LB looping outside and secures first block before coming off onto LB

 

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1:11 Hands are too wide and allows defender to explode into him
5:04 Challenged off the edge and then gets "grabby" due to late inside spin move
6:39 Uses quick, choppy steps to engage DE and rolls hips underneath him to secure kickout block
7:10 Relaxed set up and strikes pass rusher while latching on and maintains a strong posture rather than leaning into block

Report

 Matthews has a unique understanding of offensive line play thanks to his father and he has shown NFL scouts he can play both tackle spots.  While I’m not advocating move him from tackle to guard, he does have shorter arms and I don’t think he’s as tall as his listed height of 6’5.  Matthews, like his father, can probably fit into all five positions along the offensive line and he is polished and ready to take on a starting role from day one in the league.

There are very few things that Matthews doesn’t do correctly or well and his pass protection is very technically sound.  Matthews doesn't panic or come off of his initial block too quickly when switching on a stunt or picking up a blitzer.  Much is made of teammate Johnny Maziel's ability to free-lance and extend plays, but most of the time, Manziel had a ton of time to throw thanks in large part to Matthews.  

Matthews can operate in space on the 2nd level and in the screen game, but the one area that would concern me just a little bit would be his overall strength.  When he gets to the NFL and has to be more concerned about edge speed, his ability to play with a strong base despite having to move his feet more will be tested.