Jordan Matthews knows where he'll be catching passes this fall. The standout wide receiver who rewrote the Vanderbilt record books was selected with the 10th pick of the second round by the Philadelphia Eagles.
Despite playing with four different quarterbacks in his junior and senior years, Matthews combined to catch 206 passes for 2,800 yards and 15 touchdowns as an upperclassman. He became the SEC's career receptions and receiving yards leader in 2013 as he emerged as one of the most prolific wideouts in the country. His steady hands and ability to get open in double, or triple, coverage drove the Commodore offense and was a major factor in the team's back-to-back nine-win seasons in '12 and '13.
Now, he'll join a Philadelphia team that already has weapons like Jeremy Maclin, Lesean McCoy, and Riley Cooper on the roster. Matthews should be able to make an immediate impact thanks to his comprehensive production against some of the SEC's best teams. The 6'3", 212 pound wideout can serve as both an end zone target and a receiving threat along the sidelines and over the middle. His ability to create space and find opportunities for big plays should serve the Eagles well from week one on.
Matthews had been projected as a late first round pick after the 2013 season ended, but slid to the second round after an average showing at the NFL Scouting Combine. He was the seventh receiver selected in the 2014 NFL Draft, falling behind Sammy Watkins, Mike Evans, Odell Beckham, Brandin Cooks, Kelvin Benjamin, and Marqise Lee
He is the highest Commodore selected in the NFL Draft since Chris Williams was drafted 14th overall by the Chicago Bears in 2008.