Now, he'll head into day two as one of the most talented players still available as NFL teams wheel and deal to build the rosters of their dreams. Matthews, a polished pass-catcher who rewrote the Vanderbilt and SEC record books in his four-year career, is expected to come off the board early in round two. There are plenty of teams picking in the beginning and middle of the round who could use his help. Here are a few likely destinations for the greatest receiver in Commodore history.
Cleveland (3rd pick, 35th overall): The Browns have a solid young receiving core in Josh Gordon and tight end Jordan Cameron, but also have few weapons behind them. They'll need some depth in order to allow new addition Johnny Manziel to thrive in the NFL. Matthews, an accomplished player who can contribute immediately, should be strong enough to slide into the WR2 slot for Cleveland in week one. Defenses wouldn't be able to bully the 6'3" Matthews and he'd get plenty of good looks while opponents double down on Gordon on the other side of the field. However, the Browns may pass over the battle-tested Vandy WR to take a more potential-laden player like Marqise Lee or Cody Latimer instead.
EDIT: Gordon is reportedly facing a year-long suspension after failing an NFL drug test (marijuana). So, yeah, Browns are probably on high alert for a receiver.
Oakland (4th pick, 36th overall): Quick - name the player who led Oakland in receiving yards last winter. That's a tough bit of trivia unless you were born into Raiders fandom or played in an extremely deep fantasy league in 2013. It was the immortal Rod Streater, and #2 and #3 on the list were Denarius Moore and Andre Holmes. That anonymous group of wideouts didn't have much to work with last season, but it's a position in dire need of a talent infusion this fall. Matthews would give the team an instant target and has the chops to take the reins as the team's WR1 as a rookie. Oakland may be better served taking a quarterback here, but the Raiders seem to have faith in Matt McGloin after trading Terrelle Pryor this spring. If they decide to upgrade their receivers, then "JMatt" could be their guy.
Jacksonville (7th pick, 39th overall): The Jaguars passed up an opportunity to bring explosive playmaker Sammy Watkins to town with the 3rd overall pick. They opted to take Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles instead. Now, who is he going to be throwing to? Jacksonville officials don't expect troubled WR Justin Blackmon to play next season, and neither of their returning starters (Cecil Shorts, Ace Sanders) is a true #1 receiver. Matthews is a bigger target than either player and may already be more polished than the Jags wideouts as well. He should be on the team's short list of prospects eyed for the 38th pick.
St. Louis (12th pick, 44th overall): Saint Louis upgraded both sides of their trenches on day one, but they still need a playmaking WR to flank the developing Tavon Austin on offense. Matthews can provide a steady, versatile threat and keep defenses honest - and that would allow the uber-athletic Austin to shine across from him. Still, the Austin/Matthews combination would pale in comparison to the reuniting of Zac Stacy and his former Vandy teammate. A Matthews/Stacy offense could cause the Rams to overtake the Bears as Natchez Trace's favorite NFL team.
Baltimore (16th pick, 48th overall): The Ravens have Torrey Smith, but there's been a big dropoff behind him at wideout ever since Anquan Boldin left town. Baltimore needs more weapons for Joe Flacco to throw to, especially if they can take the pressure off of the team's suddenly struggling running game. Matthews is taller than Smith and could be a valuable red zone target for the team if Dennis Pitta continues to struggle with injuries.
Philadelphia (22nd pick, 54th overall): The Eagles recently cut DeSean Jackson for not-at-all racist reasons, and now they need a talented receiver to play next to Riley Cooper and Jeremy Maclin. Matthews isn't the same kind of explosive athlete that Jackson was, but he's also a much steadier and consistent player. If Nick Foles is for real, a receiving trio of Maclin, Cooper, and Matthews would make Philadelphia a monster offensive threat in the NFC East.
Also in the mix: Green Bay (hemorrhaging receivers over the past three years), Indianapolis (need to replace Reggie Wayne), Carolina (despite picking a WR on day one, they're still thin at the position), and New England (has lacked a reliable deep threat since Randy Moss left).