The need for offensive linemen is at a red alert. Jake Matthews is the best such offensive lineman in this draft. Capable of excelling wherever he's put in, he will be a fixture on a team's line for years to come. The New York Giants certainly could use someone like that.
What makes him so good? Let's explore.
- Flawless footwork. Uses fast, short movements on his feet to mirror his opponent effortlessly. Rarely caught off guard, but when he is, his feet help him catch up.
- Powerful arms allow him to lock on to a target and sustain blocks without letting him go and without committing a penalty.
- Wide, stable base with natural knee bending creates an impenetrable wall of leverage that has enough flexibility to absorb bullrushes and also allows him to stay square enough to use his footwork to mirror.
- His blocks are aggressive, but at the same time, look effortless. Uses lower body as a counterweight to lean into his blocks and push out, knocking back defenders and creating seams in run blocking.
- Uncomfortable out in space. He seems a bit hesitant and unsure when he's a lead blocker.
Does He Fit With The Giants?
Yes, but the Giants don't need to worry about it. He won't be up for consideration anyways since he'll be long gone. He isn't as good of a run blocker as Greg Robinson is, but his ability to mirror pass rushers along with his anticipation make him by far the best pass blocker in this year's class bar none. The oft-hit Eli Manning could certainly use someone like that, as he'd push Will Beatty to the right side and Justin Pugh to guard.
Jake Matthews and Cedric Ogbuehi (Texas A&M OTs) vs Duke, 2013 Chick Fil A Bowl (via Aimal Arsalla)
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Matthews is one of the best players in the NFL draft and probably the consensus best offensive player in this draft. He will be a fixture for whoever drafts him for years to come. Would I trade up for him if I were the Giants? Depends on what they give up. He isn't a generational type talent like Clowney, but he's right up there with the top tackle prospects you'd find in any draft.