Jake Matthews (OT), Texas A&M
6'5" | 308 lbs.
First-team All-SEC, First-team All-American, Consensus All-American
What the scouts are saying:
"Smart, tough, versatile franchise left tackle capable of playing all five positions on the line. Can plug into a starting lineup immediately and will play a long time at a consistently high level. One of the safest picks in the draft." (Nolan Nawrocki, NFL.com)
"Matthews is a terrific run blocker. Though athletic enough to surprise defenders with an occasional chop block or slipping out to the second level to nail a linebacker, he's at his best simply driving defensive ends off the ball and creating lanes for A&M's running backs to slice through." (Rob Rang, CBSSports.com)
"Matthews projects as a franchise left tackle for the NFL. He is a superb technician as a pass-protector. Matthews has quick feet, excellent pad level and knee bend. He is very fast in his drop to mirror speed rushers and take away the edge." (WalterFootball.com)
Fit for the Bears:
Bears general manager Phil Emery rebuilt the team's offensive line through free agency and the draft last year. Emery founds gems in first-round guard Kyle Long -- who was named to the Pro Bowl as a rookie -- and right tackle Jordan Mills in the fifth-round. Although the Bears appear to be set on the offensive line, you can never have enough depth at the position. Matthews, the son of Hall of Fame offensive lineman Bruce Matthews, is expected to be one of the first offensive tackles taken in the 2014 NFL Draft. If Matthews slips to No. 14 it could intrigue Emery, but it would be highly unlikely as Chicago has a plethora of needs on the defensive side of the ball.