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Old 02-14-2014   #32
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Default Re: BL 1st First Round Mock Draft of 2014

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Originally Posted by beerlover View Post
yes, agreed. that is problem with bypassing OT early, especially with twice as many teams needing tackles (takes two LT/RT) as franchise QB's. Texans sure needed a pair last season didn't they? one just ain't going to cut it unless you want your QB to lose his confidence, his job or suffer injury. only way to avoid this is plus offensive line protection & mobile QB, hence see emphasis on top rated QB's who have mobility in this draft.
That is why I would go Jake Matthews.
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STRENGTHS: Matthews is quick off the snap and uses his long, strong arms and good mobility to control his opponents when pass blocking. While perhaps not an elite athlete, he plays with the technique and tenacity to make his father proud, controlling opponents with good initial quickness, excellent knee bend and balance and terrific upper-body strength. 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. Once he gets his hands on his opponent, he exhibits an ability to dictate the matchup. Strong lower-half drive and displays a good understanding of leverage when he can establish low position against thicker defenders.
WEAKNESSES: Matthews can get himself in trouble when he stops moving his feet and his lack of elite foot speed and balance may limit just how high he can go on draft day. At times, he'll bend his arms and lock his knees when opposing a strong bull-rush and appears "light" occasionally in power-on-power situations.
COMPARES TO: Joe Staley, OT, San Francisco 49ers - Though Matthews won't blow anyone away with his athleticism, like Staley he's a sound technician with impressive toughness who exhibits no major weaknesses, and is tough to beat in both facets of the offense.
Clowney has maturity questions.
Any of the QBs we'd take at 1-1 have questions of their own. Is Manziel mature enough and/or big enough?
Is Bridgewater sturdy enough?
Is Bortles really all that good?
Too many questions for my tastes
Given Matthews bloodline, you know he has the work ethic. People keep drooling about what might be with Watt and Clowney on opposite sides of the D-line. I dream about how solid our O-line would be for the next 5-6-7 years with D. Brown and Matthews as bookend tackles and Myers in the middle.
Plus if your original mock is right, all the decent tackle prospects will be gone by the third round.

IMHO, Matthews is the least risky pick in a definite position of need.... dire need.

Edit: I can't believe SteelB isn't singing "please pick Matthews" from the rooftops...
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