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I believe that Jake is our starting RT and eventual LT but I saw something in his profile that was interesting....and it made me think about how we could get the best combination of lineman on the field at 1 time...just food for thought.

http://www.nfl.com/draft/2014/profiles/jake-matthews?id=2543758

Overview

Son of Hall of Famer Bruce Matthews. Uncle, Clay Matthews Jr., was a Pro Bowl linebacker for the Browns; cousin, Clay III, is an All-Pro linebacker for the Packers; and cousin, Casey, is a linebacker for the Eagles. Jake was a USA Today and Parade All-American. Played 10 games as a true freshman in 2010, starting the final seven at right tackle. Started all 26 games at RT 2011-12. In '13, replaced Jaguars first-rounder Luke Joeckel at left tackle and started all 13 games. Team captain.

Analysis

Strengths

Big, strong, athletic, natural bender. Exceptional technician. Explosive six-inch punch -- quick, active hands. Outstanding base, balance, body control and hand placement. Drives defenders off the ball -- outstanding run blocker. Explosive hip snap. Takes good angles to the second level. Plays with very good awareness -- shows very good athletic ability flipping his hips and adjusting to moving pockets with a jitterbug quarterback. Keen to recognize and quick to adjust to the blitz. Strong finisher -- displays a mean streak and seeks to finish. Has long-snapping experience. Hails from football royalty family -- third-generation NFLer. Tough competitor. Very focused and determined. Humble and grounded. Outstanding all-around character. Film junkie. Started in the SEC for 3-plus seasons. Extremely durable -- missed no time to injuries.

Weaknesses

Arm length appears too short -- limited reach and extension. Operated in a spread offense. Can do a better job sustaining (though was presented with a near-impossible task of knowing where the pocket would be to protect). Has only one year of experience at left tackle.

Draft Projection

Round 1 (top 10)

Bottom Line

Smart, tough, versatile franchise left tackle capable of playing all five positions on the line. Can plug into a starting lineup immediately and will play a long time at a consistently high level. One of the safest picks in the draft, Matthews' best position might even be center.

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