OTJake Matthews

Texas A&M — SEC
  • Height: 6'5"
  • Weight: 310
  • Hometown: Missouri City, Texas
  • Age: 21

Background

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Jake will be a 22-year old NFL rookie in 2014. He is part of an incredible family lineage in professional football as his grandfather, father, brother, uncle and cousin have all played in the NFL. He was a Parade, USA Today and SuperPrep All-American at Elkins High School in Missouri City, TX. He chose the Aggies over Oklahoma, Alabama, Arkansas, Oregon, Texas, Texas Tech, USC and Stanford.

No redshirt, as a true freshman in 2010, he started seven games at right tackle and became an honorable mention All-Big 12 selection. In 2011, he started all 13 games at RT in former coach Mike Sherman’s West Coast offense before opening all 14 contests in 2012, again at RT, as A&M transitioned to new coach Kevin Sumlin’s spread attack.

After being recognized as a 1st team All-SEC and 2nd team All-American selection at RT, as a senior, Jake has moved to LT in order to fill the void left by #2 overall draft pick, Luke Joeckel. He also doubles as the deep snapper and is currently enrolled in the Mays Business School. His younger brother, Mike, is the starting center for the Aggies, too. 

Pre-Draft Participation

N/A

Summary

Jake is a three-and a-half year starter at Texas A&M as both a right and left tackle. Well-documented football family background, he played RT in a pro-style system during the 2010 and 2011 seasons. In 2012, the Aggies shifted to a spread offense and in 2013, he has moved to LT, so he has essentially played in 2- and 3-point stances from both the left and right sides in two completely different offensive schemes.

A well-proportioned athlete, he has “can’t miss” bloodlines with solid girth in both his upper and lower bodies with room to even add some additional weight. A very natural athlete, Jake has body control, balance, knee bend and feet. He is a technique-oriented prospect on both run and pass assignments. At the point-of-attack, he will engage the defender with his hands inside, run his feet and then extend his hips to complete the block. On the backside, he will body position, swing his hips into the hole and wall off his assignment. Jake is agile and has no issues reaching the 2nd level or pulling to the perimeter. As a matter of fact, he can get all the way across the formation and is very fluid when trying to block in space.

In pass pro, he makes it look easy with his set, lateral movement and skill in tying his hands and feet together. Only saw one bad rep when he and the guard did not properly handle a twist stunt against Rice, which resulted in a sack. Otherwise, Jake is outstanding in protecting the passer because of his height, arm length, lateral adjustability and his instinctive feel for the game. Jake is extremely consistent in his play and should go on to follow in his father’s footsteps as a long-time pro. There is nothing missing from a physical or mental standpoint with this prospect, so he should ultimately be a very high pick next May and be a plug-in and play rookie for the 2014 NFL season.

WHAT NFL SCOUTS WANT TO SEE IN 2013: When the Aggies do face short yardage/goal-line situations, for Jake to show substantial power and dominate the line of scrimmage.

-- Phil Savage, Reese's Senior Bowl Executive Director