The Atlanta Falcons selected Texas A&M offensive tackle Jake Matthews with their first-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. He was selected with the sixth overall pick and will be an immediate upgrade to the team’s offensive line and pass protection.
Matthews has strong NFL bloodlines, as his father Bruce is a Hall of Famer tackle that played 19 years with the Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans. His cousins, Clay III and Casey currently play linebacker for the Green Bay Packers and Philadelphia Eagles, respectively. His older brother Kevin is currently a free agent center and played for the Titans from 2010-12. His uncle, Clay Matthews Jr., played linebacker for three years with the Falcons from 1994-96 after a long career with the Cleveland Browns.
Matthews was a four-year starter at A&M, playing right tackle before kicking over to the left side as a senior to replace Luke Joeckel, who was selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars with the second overall pick last season. Matthews started his last 46 games at A&M, 13 at left tackle and 33 at right tackle. He earned All-SEC honors both as a senior and junior and All-American honors as a senior. He was also named a team captain his final year in College Station.
At the Combine, Matthews measured 6’5″ 308 pounds with a 5.07-second 40-yard dash, 24 bench reps of 225 pounds, 30.5-inch vertical jump, and a 7.34-second three-cone drill.
Matthews was one of several prospects that visited the Falcons during a busy week in April.