Thanks to their trade-down on the draft’s opening night, the Eagles changed course and traded up Friday night to select Vanderbilt wide receiver Jordan Matthews. The Eagles gave up their 2nd round 54th pick and 4th round 122nd pick to the Tennessee Titans. That is the way you use the power of the trade in the NFL Draft.
Matthews is a 6 foot 3 inch 212 pound wide receiver from the Southeastern Conference. In 2013 he rewrote Vanderbilt receiving records and set SEC records for career receptions at 262 and career yards with 3,759.
He brings height and a great vertical game. One particularly nice asset Matthews has is his huge hands. They measure 10 3/8 inches in width! Better to catch the football with, right?
He could stand to bulk up a little bit but he has time before the first game of the season. He’s not a quick-twitch receiver. And a rumor or two that he can be a bit moody with a little bit of diva in him. Not like we’ve had that before on the Eagles’ squad.
I like this pick by the Eagles and they are beefing up their offense. Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly’s mantra seems to be, “you can never have too many offensive weapons.”