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The first round of the NFL Draft is finally here ready to start commencing tonight at 8:00 p.m. The New England Patriots are saddled with the 29th overall selection in the first round. The question, that will be answered just before midnight tonight is, who will the Patriots select? Well, a potential candidate for the Patriots at #29 is Jordan Matthews, wide receiver from Vanderbilt.
Matthews is projected as a mid-second round pick according most mock drafts. Matthews appears to be a bit of a reach at #29 for the Pats, but could be a well calculated reach. Matthews is listed at 6-3 and 212 pounds. Matthews was a four-year player from Vanderbilt. After his four years, Matthews virtually holds every receiving record at Vanderbilt, one of those records was 24 touchdown receptions.
Matthews is the SEC’s all-time leader with 262 receptions and 3,759 receiving yards. In his senior season, Matthews was a semifinalist for the Biletnikoff Award (most outstanding receiver in college), and established a new SEC record with 112 catches. Matthews accounted for 1,477 receiving yards this year, which was the third highest total by an SEC receiver. His nine 100 yard receiving games in his senior season was a new SEC record as well. At the Combine, Matthews ran the 40 in 4.44 seconds, and had a 35 ½ vertical jump.
Matthews attained quite a resume in his four years as a Commodore. Should the Patriots reach and select him as their first round selection in the 2014 draft? The answer to this question is yes. Matthews broke and holds all these Vanderbilt and SEC receiving records, while having quarterbacks throw to him whom never made it to the NFL. The Patriots fan base has been begging for a big (in stature) receiver since the departure of Randy Moss. Well, here is the Patriots chance not only to get a big receiver, but a receiver who will be a productive one immediately. Imagine Tom Brady throwing passes on the outside to Matthews. Matthews would have the potential of breaking Patriots receiving records, and possibly NFL receiving records.