Report: Jake Matthews is safest player in 2014 NFL draft

Jake Matthews

Oct 26, 2013; College Station, TX, USA; Texas A&M Aggies offensive linesman Jake Matthews (75) warms up against the Vanderbilt Commodores before the game at Kyle Field. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports

The Texas A&M Aggies have had two players selected with the No. 2 pick in the last three years with Von Miller and Luke Joeckel and Jake Matthews could be the third player out of College Station to join the elite club because he is so “safe,” according to Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller.

I asked one high-level team executive this week who the safest player in the 2014 draft is. His response, “Jake Matthews.” The Texas A&M left tackle has an NFL pedigree and is what the team source called a “blue-chip prospect.” Matthews figures to be a top-five pick in the May draft.

The St. Louis Rams own the No. 2 pick via the Washington Redskins as part of the compensation for the Robert Griffin III deal in the 2012 draft and have a need at offensive tackle, and that was before they lost Jake Long to an ACL injury last week.

Matthews could be the anchor on the line to protect Sam Bradford and give him the time necessary to find the number of wide receivers drafted in recent years and open holes for running back and rookie darling Zac Stacy.

With the draft being a roll of the dice for some teams, playing it safe with Matthews could turn into a home run of a pick for whomever gets him next year. It very well could be and should be the Rams.

Patrick’s the managing editor for Death Valley Voice and news desk staffer for FanSided.com. Follow him on Twitter @PatrickASchmidt, @DeathValleyFS. Like his Facebook page and add him to your Google network.

Topics: Jake Matthews, NFL Draft, St. Louis Rams, Texas A&M Aggies

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