Jordan Matthews WR Vanderbilt #87
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Size/Athleticism: Height is an asset. Speed isn’t special but it must be respected. He’ll get open over the top on occasion but most of damage done after the catch. Doesn’t make a lot of guys miss, but once he’s in the open field he can pick up chunks of yardage. Inconsistent effort as a blocker, but has the ability to be an asset when he wants to be.
Separation Skills: He lacks the speed to consistently get open over the top, but he’s quick in his breaks and does a nice job creating space on short and intermediate routes. He lacks elite athleticism to shake tight coverage consistently, and he doesn’t know how to use his size to his advantage. As a result, the elite, physical corners at the next level will easily take him out of a game.
Ball Skills: Inconsistent effort going up to high-point the football. Needs to be more assertive and attack the ball in tight coverage. He appears to do a nice job tracking the deep ball, but is very passive when it comes to actually making the catch. Lets the ball come to him, rather than going up and making a play. Drop rate is a concern. Seems to lose focus and lets far too many balls bounce of his hands.
Intangibles: Cousin of Jerry Rice.
Durability: Remained healthy throughout his career.
Comments: Matthews reminds me of Keenan Allen in some ways. Like Allen, he has plus size but doesn’t know how to use it yet. Unfortunately, Matthews isn’t blessed with Allen’s raw athleticism and speed, and will need to develop in a few areas before he’s ready to make an impact. Matthews has the potential to be a quality No. 2 receiver, but he needs to learn how to make plays against tight coverage. He’s too passive in his approach at this stage of his career, and veteran corners will take advantage of that weakness. Issues with drops also raise a red flag about his focus on the field.