The Atlanta Falcons select offensive tackle Jake Matthews from Texas A&M on Thursday in the NFL draft. Here’s our pre-draft story on Matthews: Texas A&M offensive tackle Jake Matthews is set to enter the family business in the NFL. Matthews, is one of the top lineman prospects in the NFL draft, which is set for Thursday through Saturday. He is the son of Bruce Matthews, who played 19 seasons before being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He’s also the grandson of Clay Matthews Sr., nephew of Clay Matthews Jr. and cousin of Clay Matthews III and Casey Matthews, who all have played in the NFL. The are local ties, too. Matthews Sr., played at Georgia Tech, and Matthews Jr., had a stint (1994-96) with the Falcons. “I’d like to think I wasn’t grandfathered in (laughs),” Matthews said. “I hope I earned my way here. It is special, the family I came from and the relationships.” Matthews likely is the best-prepared player in the draft. “My dad, cousins and brothers and all the people have gone through this process,” Matthews said. “So, that’s really special and something (where) I can look to them to ask what it was like, what their experience with it was. So, far it’s been good.” Matthews moved to left tackle last season for the Aggies after Luke Joeckel left early for the NFL and was drafted second overall by Jacksonville. However, he doesn’t feel any additional pressure because of his family name. “I just try to go out there and do the best I can,” Matthews said. His father has not been overbearing, Matthews said, but has offered advice. “One thing my dad’s always tried to reiterate with me is, if you go out and work hard and do things the right way and put your full effort in, you’ll get the results you want,” Matthews said. “That’s something I’ve always tried to do.” Some contend that Matthews is over-hyped. Auburn’s Greg Robinson and Michigan’s Taylor Lewan also are considered top tackles in the draft and both may be selected ahead of Matthews, although ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay said all three “are not going to last very long.” There’s speculation that the Falcons may trade up to land Robinson, a mauler from Auburn.
Falcons select OT Jake Matthews
Atlanta Falcons Blog | May 9