Exhibits some natural body control and change of direction skills as a route runner and does a nice job finding soft spots in zone and using his big frame to shield defenders from the ball. There is also some physicality to his game after the catch and once he gets those long strides going he can be a tough cover down the field when asked to run vertical routes.
He’s going to need some time, but these big, long receivers with good body control and lanky speed definitely have a home in the NFL. Has the size to be a solid blocker on the outside and has seen a real spike in his stock this year after a productive senior campaign.
Impression: Isn’t real explosive or sudden off the line and will need some time to learn to beat press, but has enough talent to make a roster and reminds me some of Malcolm Floyd."
Positive: Big receiver who has shown a lot of improvement. Uses his hands to get separation from opponents, makes the reception away from his frame, and is a huge target who can take a big hit and hold onto the ball. Wins out for the high throw, nicely adjusts to the errant pass, and looks the ball into his hands. Uses his frame to shield away defenders and protect the pass. Has strong hands and will pull the ball from the air winning out in battles.
Negative: Shows minimal quickness and speed in his game. Average route runner. Lacks a quick release off the snap.
Analysis: Matthews E(TM) stock is on the rise, and he E(TM)s someone who elevated his game as a senior. He's a possession receiver and can have a career at the next level as a fifth receiver if he continues to make progress."
Went to Los Angeles Harbor (JUCO) for two years after high school and was a teammate of current UK star DE, DeQuin Evans. Really began to blossom as a receiver in the JUCO ranks and was rated a top 10 prospect coming out of JUCO in 2008, and the 2nd best WR prospect. Put up monster numbers his second year at LAHC: 80-1235-11.
Began to really blossom half way through his junior season at UK in 2009, and is making his senior season one to remember as he climbs everyone's draft board due to his size, hands and upside
Strengths: Elite size and excellent size potential. Just getting it altogether since about the second half of the 2009 season. Great target and frame to get stronger and a little bigger. Manhandles DBs and will win jump balls and contested balls. Sure handed. Crossing routes are very crisp and that is where he does the most damage. Breaks tackles. Nice double moves. Upside.
Weaknesses: Still needs more reps. Alligator arms some balls and needs to get stronger and, with that, more confident in his ability to take hits. Needs refinement on non-crossing stuff. Needs a lot of work on route running, breaking the jam, reading and setting up DBs., etc. Will have a long learning curve. Will never be an elite route runner and is no burner.
Projection: 4-5th rounder."
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