Jake Matthews during training camp in 2014.
|No. 70 Atlanta Falcons|
|Date of birth:||February 11, 1992|
|Place of birth:||Missouri City, Texas|
|Height:||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Weight:||309 lb (140 kg)|
|High school:||Missouri City (TX) Elkins|
|NFL draft:||2014 / Round: 1 / Pick: 6|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of Week 6, 2015|
|Stats at NFL.com|
Jacob "Jake" Matthews (born February 11, 1992) is an American football offensive tackle for the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Falcons sixth overall in the 2014 NFL Draft. He played college football at Texas A&M.
High school career
Matthews attended Elkins High School in Missouri City, where he was a standout offensive lineman for the Elkins Knights high school football team. He was teammates with D. J. Hayden. In his senior season, Matthews was a first-team all-district and all-greater Houston honoree as his team finished the season with a 9–3 record, after being eliminated from the UIL Class 5A Division II playoffs by Clear Springs. Matthews was invited to play in the 2010 U.S. Army All-American Bowl, and also earned 2009 High School All-American honors by USA Today, Parade, and SuperPrep.
Regarded as a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, he was listed as the No. 7 offensive tackle prospect in the class of 2010. He chose Texas A&M over offers from Oklahoma, Alabama, Arkansas, Oregon, Texas, Texas Tech, Southern California, and Stanford.
As a junior in 2012, Matthews was a first-team All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) selection. He also received first team All-American honors by the Football Writers Association of America. During his senior season, Matthews played left tackle after playing right tackle for the previous three seasons.
From 2010–12, Matthews played alongside Luke Joeckel, who played left tackle from 2010–12. In September 2013, an NFL.com writer asked five NFL executives who's the better player. Two of the five executives said Matthews.
2014 NFL Draft
Matthews was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons with the sixth overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. With Luke Joeckel having been selected second overall in the 2013 NFL Draft, Texas A&M becomes the first school with consecutive top-10 selected offensive lineman since USC's Tyron Smith and Matt Kalil in 2011 and 2012, respectively.
|Ht||Wt||Arm length||Hand size||40-yd dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert||Broad||BP|
|6 ft 5½ in||308 lb||33⅜ in||9⅞ in||5.07 s||4.47 s||7.34 s||30½ in||8 ft 9 in||24 reps|
|All values from NFL Combine|
Matthews was born in Missouri City, Texas. He is the son of Pro Football Hall of Famer Bruce Matthews and the younger brother of Kevin Matthews, a center who also played for the Aggies. His younger brother, Mike, currently plays center for the Aggies. He is also the cousin of Clay Matthews III, a linebacker for the Green Bay Packers, and Casey Matthews, a linebacker for the Minnesota Vikings. He is the nephew of NFL veteran Clay Matthews, Jr. and the grandson of H. L. Matthews.
The Matthews football dynasty family tree:
- "Blocked field goal gives Clear Springs win over Elkins". The Bay Area Citizen. November 15, 2009.
- "Offensive tackles 2010". Rivals.com. January 20, 2010.
- "2012 All-SEC Football Team Announced". SEC Digital Network. December 4, 2012.
- "FWAA NAMES 2012 ALL-AMERICA TEAM".
- "Luke Joeckel on help from a tight end".
- "Ask 5: Who's better, Luke Joeckel or Jake Matthews?".
- "2013 All-SEC Football Team Announced". SEC Digital Network. December 10, 2013.
- 2014 NFL Draft: Falcons select OT Jake Matthews
- Jake Matthews on Twitter
- Atlanta Falcons bio
- Texas A&M Aggies bio at the Wayback Machine (archived July 21, 2013)