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February 20, 2014

Combine profile: Texas A&M LT Jake Matthews


At the top of most teams' draft boards, Jake Matthews will likely be gone before the Panthers pick at No. 28. 


Name: Jake Matthews

Position: Left tackle

Height/weight: 6-5/308

School/class: Texas A&M/Senior

Projected round: 1st

Career highlights: A two-time All-SEC player and first-team All-America in his senior season at Texas A&M. Tasked with blocking the blind side of one of football’s most exciting players, Matthews was one of the best and most consistent left tackles in college football the past two seasons.

Did you know?: His father, Bruce, is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame after 19 years as an offensive guard for the Oilers/Titans. Jake is the cousin of Packers linebacker Clay Matthews. His younger brother, Kevin, was a center on this year’s Aggies team.

Quotes: “I’d like to think I wasn’t grandfathered in. hopefully I earned my way. It is special the family I come from and the relationships I have with my dad and cousins and brother.”

“You never know what to expect (with Johnny Manziel at quarterback). He’s all over the place (on the field), but at the same time you got take what comes with it because the guy makes plays game after game. …I don’t consider him a me-first guy at all. My whole experience with him is nothing but good things. When he was out on the field he was a tremendous competitor, someone that I was proud to play for and I was glad to have him as my quarterback.”

Panthers’ level of interest: Matthews is near the top of every team’s draft board, and if the Panthers stay at No. 28, there’s zero chance they draft Matthews. He’s considered one of the top two offensive linemen in this year’s draft, and all indications are he’ll be gone by the fifth overall pick. 

--Jonathan Jones

Posted by Observer Sports on February 20, 2014 at 02:19 PM | Permalink


solid solid pick

Posted by: tony clifton | Feb 20, 2014 3:22:12 PM

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