22-Year-Old Offensive Tackle – Atlanta Falcons
2014 Fantasy Football Outlook
Matthews, the sixth overall pick in the 2014 draft, is expected to lock down the right tackle position for the Falcons this season. He should provide a significant boost to the offensive line, which w...
2014 ADP: –
Bye Week: 9
Jake Matthews Contract Information:
Signed a four-year, $16.434 million contract with the Falcons in May of 2014.
Matthews worked in the Falcons' left tackle slot during Monday's practice, ESPN.com reports.
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Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)There were rumors that the Falcons might be looking to take Michigan's Taylor Lewan to fill a need at tackle, but Matthews is the superior prospect and the more reasonable pick for Atlanta. Matthews' technique and reliability are of an extremely high grade, and it's possible that he'll be a better Day 1 blocker than Greg Robinson, who went to St. Louis four picks ahead of Matthews. Matthews might immediately displace Sam Baker as Atlanta's starting left tackle, but he'll start on the right side, if not. This pick is quite reassuring for Matt Ryan.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Matthews is considered by many to be the top tackle in the draft, but we think Auburn's Greg Robinson owns that title. Matthews measured in at 6-foot-5, 308 pounds with a slightly disappointing arm measurement of 33 and 3/8 inches, while the younger Robinson killed the Combine with a 4.92-second 40 yard dash and 32 bench reps with 35-inch arms. Robinson consistently showed better strength, explosiveness and run blocking on tape, moreover. Matthews is a strong technician who moves very well for a tackle, though, and he presents clear starting potential at left tackle. We think Robinson is likely locked into the first five picks, whereas Matthews is more likely to go between six and 11.
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