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Could Jake Matthews Have Gone No. 1 Overall in the 2013 NFL Draft? Why He’ll Go Early In 2014

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

Given the draft’s early demand for offensive tackles, Jake Matthews may have been the No. 1 overall draft pick in the 2013 NFL draft had he declared. (Photo: USA Today Sports Images)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

When Jake Matthews announced in January he would return to Texas A&M for his senior season, it seemed like a smart move for his draft stock. When teammate Luke Joeckel declared for the 2013 NFL draft, it opened up an opportunity for Matthews to play the offensive line’s premier position, left tackle, and improve his draft stock with a great senior year.

One has to wonder if Matthews regrets his decision after seeing how the 2013 NFL draft played out.

Traditionally, the left tackle position has been viewed as a much more valuable position than right tackle. That school of thinking has been challenged recently, however, with more elite pass-rushers including Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt and Denver Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller lining up over the right tackle.

The 2013 draft made a clear statement that teams are now putting high value in both offensive tackle positions. Four offensive tackles were drafted in the top 11 picks, including the Nos. 1, 2 and 4 overall selections. Each of them is projected to play right tackle as a rookie and potentially in future seasons.

If Jake Matthews has a strong senior season, he should be viewed as an elite prospect as both a left and right tackle, and will only help his stock for the 2014 NFL draft. That said, there is reason to believe he may have unknowingly passed up a shot to be the No. 1 or 2 overall pick in 2013.

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2013 NFL Combine Results – Offensive Tackles

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

So who was the big winner from this group of Offensive Tackles?  (Photo: US Presswire)

While the combine has officially been going on since Wednesday, today was the first day that players finally got onto the field and were tested. While many consider the annual combine even to be nothing more than the Underwear Olympics it still remains a vital piece to the puzzle to NFL teams. This will be the only time teams get to see all these top players lined up against each other in any kind of drills. (more…)


Prospect Preview: Little Ceasar Bowl

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

With Smith out for WKU the onus is on Andrew Jackson to make even more plays (Photo: US Presswire)

In the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl Game you have Central Michigan entering the game on a 3 game win streak going against Western Kentucky who has a 7-5 record and key wins over Kentucky and Arkansas State. This is should be a well contested game and expect Western Kentucky to be extra motivated considering this is there first ever bowl game trip. (more…)



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