The Eagles traded up to the 42nd overall pick and drafted Vanderbilt wide receiver Jordan Matthews. They gave up the 54th overall selection (2nd round) and the 122nd overall selection (4th round to get there).
After not taking a receiver in the first round, the Eagles moved up in the second round to take a very talented receiver in Matthews. Out of the SEC, Matthews is the all-time leader in receptions and receiving yards. He’s also a monster at 6-3 and 206 pounds.
The Eagles had an immediate need at the wide receiver position when they released DeSean Jackson. There were a lot of questions around the decision, and many were skeptical thinking that the Eagles may draft a wide receiver like Brandin Cooks who has a lot of the same physical attributes.
However, they took a much larger body in Matthews. He is a very balanced receiver who can use his hands to get off press coverage and also use them to go up and get the ball.
Matthews was absolutely dominant in his junior and senior seasons at Vandy. As a junior, he had 94 reception for 1,323 yards and eight touchdowns. During his senior campaign, he did even better putting up 112 receptions for 1,477 yards for seven touchdowns.
Personally, I love this guy, and he is the receiver I wanted heading into the second round. He had the largest hands measured at the combine and is the type of receiver who can match-up against all of the larger corners who are starting to enter the league.
Matthews should be a guy who can come in from day one and contribute. The Eagles made a great pick here but likely aren’t done in the draft at the wide receiver position.