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Road to the NFL draft: Jake Matthews

Position: Tackle. School: Texas A&M.

Measurements: 6-foot-5, 308 pounds. Arm length: 33≤ inches.

40 time: 5.07 seconds. Bench press: 24 reps of 225 pounds. 3-cone drill: 7.34 seconds.

Career stats: Started 46 of 49 games.

Draft projection: First round.

Lowdown: Son of Hall-of-Famer Bruce Matthews is projected to go in the top 10 picks, and maybe as high as No. 2. There’s a chance he could fall to No. 9, in which case he would be hard for the Buffalo Bills to pass up. Matthews is about as safe a pick as there is in the draft. He’s a four-year starter and hasn’t missed any time to injury. He’s a first-team All-America and winner of the Bobby Bowden Award for top performance on the field, in class and in the community. He has outstanding technique, he moves fluidly, his drive blocking in the run game is good. He plays tough and finishes blocks well. He doesn’t have the all-world physique of an Orlando Pace or Walter Jones. His arm-length isn’t exceptional, like that of Bills left tackle Cordy Glenn (35¾). But that’s nit-picking. He played his first three years at right tackle, his senior year on the left.

He said it: “I think my earliest memory of him playing is when he went to the Super Bowl in ’99,” Matthews said of his father, who played for the Titans. “But I’ve gone back and looked at him – just a guy who played hard, finished, really impressive to watch. I’m proud to call him my father. ... I’m trying to do the same thing he did, and if I could do half the things he did, I think I’d have a great career. It’s gonna be hard to get to 19 years and 14 straight Pro Bowls, that could be difficult.”

-- Mark Gaughan

The Buffalo News is profiling 50 prospects leading up to the NFL draft on May 8.

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