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First and foremost I want to apologize in advance for some of the picture quality. Some of the screen grabs just aren't available in high definition so they end up blurred. I've tried to limit their use unless they are clear but if they are good enough to make the point then eh.

Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt.

Dimensions & Measurables

Height - 6'3
Weight - 212
Arms - 33 1/4
Hands - 10 3/8

40 - 4.46
Bench - 21 reps
Vert - 35.5

Jordan has a fantastic balance of size and speed. Some see him as slow yet running a near identical 4.43 makes the smaller Sammy Watkins and Odell Beckham elite burners. With high size and range he has the speed to take the top off a defense and trouble corners down field.

Production



Jordan's production was fantastic. His 262 catches leaves him the all time leading SEC receiver but the 3,759 yards (14.3 average) and 24 touchdowns does leave a little to be desired. Going deeper in to those numbers however reveals what a true freak of nature he was.

Jordan has never had a decent QB. Between Jordan Rodgers, Austyn Carta-Samuels and Patton Robinette he has never caught passes from an NFL quality passer. Each have failed to put up impressive numbers. This helps explain the lack of touchdowns. Vanderbilt, through 2012 and 2013, ran for 59 touchdowns and passed for 32. During that time Jordan has accounted for almost half his teams passing touchdowns (8 of 17, 7 of 15 respectively). Without an elite QB Vandy have opted to run it - with success.

For an example of just how incredible Jordan Matthews was - In 2013 he recorded 1,473 yards receiving of a team total 2,958 yards received which is 49.9% of his teams total receiving yards. The teams next best receiver, Johnathan Krause, had 42 receptions for 714 yards. After that no player caught more than 20 passes or put up over 150 yards. Jordan was the face of the offense and still turned in a career year. That's what really makes Jordan a true beast, the weekly call of "Just cover 87!" never being successfully achieved, no matter who it was.

In 2013 he had over 100 yards receiving 9 times in 13 games, and over 75 yards in all but 1 game. In 7 of those games he had at least one reception over 30 yards.

Wide receiver-ness

The amazingly technical term I've come up with to describe the best traits of a receiver. What make them great. Below is an example of wide receiver-ness, the one handed catch as a result of hand fighting. Cris Carter was brilliant with his one handed catches, and he's sitting in the hall of fame.



Below is an example of his balance and concentration.



Below is an example of his ability to brace. I paused each shot at the moment he caught the ball as he was about to take a hit. This is the leading reason for drops in football. A guy taking his eyes off the ball to check for a defender, the hit forcing it out or simply dropping nuts knowing he's going to get hit. Jordan's unsteady QB situation constantly had him being thrown in to the pads of waiting defenders, and while he did have some drops as a result, he more often than not still held on to the football.



When the ball is thrown in to tight coverage the ability to come down with it anyway is key. Josh Gordon did this a lot last year. Jordan does the same, consistently. The safety comes over to back the corner and Jordan still comes down with it showing fantastic body control, hands, concentration.. you name it.



Jordan has fantastic physicality. In a QB driven league it's the corner who draws flags when the routes go down field. In a league where the corners are getting bigger, however, you still want a guy who can win the battle regardless of flags or the contact, hand fighting, bumps ect that come. One thing I liked about this is the big corner called Jordan out and spent half the game tugging his jersey yet Jordan did his thing and went back to his team mates after the catch. He let his results speak for themselves.



Hustle. Nobody likes a receiver who stands around doing nothing just because he wasn't hit before his route was up. Jordan fights to get open until the whistle is blown, in this instance tracking his way across the entire width of the field after seeing his QB in trouble.



I have more but the thread is getting pretty long. These are just a few of the little things I look for in a receiver, and Jordan does them all.

Overall

Jordan is a big, fast receiver with a high football IQ, known for being a film rat, with a determination to be great. Jordan does everything really well but needs to continue development until he does everything at an elite level. The determination is there and playing along Josh Gordon is the perfect role for him as a complimentary receiver while he continues to grow. I expect big things from this kid, I'm a big fan, and I believe if the Browns don't select him it's going to be something we regret.

TL;DR - Jordan Matthews is going to be good.

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He would be my pick for WR after Manziel for QB but I don't know if we can get him in 2nd round or use 2nd first round pick, as Watkins wouldn't be available if we select Manziel.
 
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Thanks TBPP.


He would be my pick for WR after Manziel for QB but I don't know if we can get him in 2nd round or use 2nd first round pick, as Watkins wouldn't be available if we select Manziel.

If we can get him at #35 or if we would have to pull the trigger at #26 is really difficult to know. On one side a lot of teams between #26 and #35 have need at QB, on the other a lot of people expect him to fall to #35.

Personally I'd get him at #26. He's worth it and I don't see anyone of superior talent that I need to have.
 
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It sort of broke my heart when we didn't pick him. When he fell to 35 and the pick was announced I was so on edge. When I heard the "J" in "Joel Bitonio" I thought it was Jordan and jumped up out of my seat only to sink back down when it set in. It's only worse hearing everything the Eagles have to say in regards to him. They're blown away by him, as a player and person, and believe they made a very good decision.

On the bright side, Joel seems like a heck of a player and the Browns are confident he's going to be a very good player for a long time. Adding Manziel, West and Matthews to Gordon and Cameron would have been a whole lot of fun though.
 

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Agree. I like every pick we made... in isolation. When I factor in that I really believe we should've taken a WR in the best WR draft in decades, it makes me realize I would've done a couple things differently.
 

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Matthews is running with the ones in Philly and they've already compared him to T.O. Biggest props on that go to BDU. Curious to hear how Davante Adams does in Green Bay. Two guys I would've LOVED to trade into round 2 and snag.
 
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