Jan 4, 2014; Birmingham, AL, USA; Vanderbilt Commodores wide receiver Jordan Matthews (87) carries the ball for a touchdown during the 2014 Compass Bowl against the Houston Cougars at Legion Field. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

Scouting the NFL Draft: WR Jordan Matthews

Let’s keep looking ahead to the NFL draft. There are receivers beyond the big ones, Marqise Lee, Mike Evans..etc. There are guys in the second and third rounds that are worth taking a look at as well. One of those guys is Jordan Matthews from Vanderbilt.

As usual, we take a look at his career stats to get started:

Receiving & Rushing

Receiving Rushing Scrimmage
Year School Conf Class Pos G Rec Yds Avg TD Att Yds Avg TD Plays Yds Avg TD
2010 Vanderbilt SEC SR WR 12 15 181 12.1 4 15 181 12.1 4
*2011 Vanderbilt SEC SR WR 13 41 778 19.0 5 41 778 19.0 5
*2012 Vanderbilt SEC SR WR 13 94 1323 14.1 8 3 61 20.3 1 97 1384 14.3 9
2013 Vanderbilt SEC SR WR 13 112 1477 13.2 7 6 54 9.0 0 118 1531 13.0 7
Career Vanderbilt 262 3759 14.3 24 9 115 12.8 1 271 3874 14.3 25

He set several records in the SEC while at Vanderbilt.


Jordan stands at 6’3″, and weighs 212 pounds.

At the NFL combine, Matthews ran the 40 yard dash in 4.46 seconds, a terrific time. He led the position with 21 reps at the bench press. He performed the shifty 3 cone drill in a more than respectable 6.95 seconds.

Here are some highlights:

PROS: Jordan clearly has excellent hands. There is a one-handed catch that he makes in the middle of the video that makes that clear. He has breakaway speed as well, once he gets the ball in hand he is gone. He catches the ball with his hands, at its highest point. He uses his 6’3″ frame well against the defender.

CONS:Here are the weaknesses from his NFL combine profile:

Could stand to bulk up his frame. Adequate line release. Fairly linear. Not a quick-twitch athlete. Does not show elite explosion to separate vertically. Lets some throws into his body and is not immune to concentration drops. Limited creativity and elusiveness after the catch. Can be moody and has some diva in him.

My main concern about any college receiver is playing against press coverage. It just isn’t seen in college, and it’s a hard skill to perfect in the pros.

But, the Jets could do a lot worse than a sure-handed player like Jordan Matthews.

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