John Fennelly, Lead WriterYesterday, I spoke with one of this year’s below the radar draftees – Vanderbilt WR Jordan Matthews. He is expected to be taken high in the draft, hence his presence in NYC today.
One problem, though, Matthews is kind of lost in the sauce behind flashier names such as Sammy Watkins, Mike Evans, Odell Beckham Jr., Marquise Lee and Brandin Cooks. Matthews says his game is very much like Green Bay’s Jordy Nelson and the Saints’ Marques Colston – two Super Bowl-winning players.
Some background….6-3, 212 pounds…. Matthews appeared in 51 games and started every contest his final two seasons at Vanderbilt. In four seasons, Matthews tallied 262 receptions for 3,759 yards while his 24 touchdown catches set a Vanderbilt all-time record.
An All-American and team captain in 2013, he accounted for at least 100 yards receiving in five of his first six games, and had nine total during the season. He also caught a pass in all 13 contests, giving him at least one reception in each of his last 34 games. Matthews attended Madison Academy in Madison, Alabama and is a cousin of Pro Football Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice. (NFL Media)
Matthews figures to be a No. 2 wideout, just like Nelson and Colston are.The Giants have a No. 1 in Victor Cruz and an emerging No. 2 in Rueben Randle. Jerrel Jernigan and Mario Manningham add depth to the group, so if another option such as Matthews is available for them at pick 43, they could take a shot at this highly-productive player.