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NFL Draft 2014: Eagles jump ahead of Giants, take Vanderbilt WR Jordan Matthews

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The Eagles traded ahead of the Giants in the second round to grab Vanderbilt WR Jordan Matthews during the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft on Friday night.

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Maybe the Giants' selection of LSU wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. wasn't enough to convince Chip Kelly the team was out of the market for another wide receiver.

The reigning NFL East Champion Philadelphia Eagles jumped one spot in front of New York in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft on Friday night to select Jordan Matthews, a wide receiver out of Vanderbilt. The 6-3, 212-pound Alabama native is coming off a year in which he recorded 112 receptions for 1,477 yards and seven touchdowns.

With the Giants selecting Beckham yesterday, there is a chance Philadelphia elected to jump ahead of any number of teams selecting after New York. Seattle, Pittsburgh, Washington and the New York Jets all have needs outside. The Eagles moved up from No. 54 in a swap with the Tennessee Titans. Philadelphia also surrendered a fourth-round pick, No. 122, to move up and select Matthews.

Matthews is viewed as a wide receiver who has good length and is a big target who runs good routes. cited Matthews as a target with "soft hands and sticky fingers."