Dec 31, 2012; Nashville, TN, USA; Vanderbilt Commodores wide receiver Jordan Matthews (87) scores a touchdown after a reception against the North Carolina State Wolfpack during the first half of the Music City Bowl at LP Field. The Commodores beat the Wolfpack 38-24. Mandatory credit: Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports

Vanderbilt WR Jordan Matthews has NFL Hall of Fame bloodlines


Vanderbilt Commodores wide receiver Jordan Matthews was one of the most reliable pass catchers in college football and an All-American after catching 112 passes for 1,477 yards and seven touchdowns last season.

Matthews is now preparing for the 2014 NFL Draft and participating in the Senior Bowl this week, where he will look to continue impressing scouts.

After one day of practice, Matthews has already received praise from the coach of the South squad, Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley, who complimented the receiver’s hands and ability to learn quickly.

“He did a nice job, he had a great catch,” said Bradley, via the Baltimore Sun. “Real studious, real sharp on his assignments. The ability for him to transfer what he knew in college to what we’re asking him, that’s always the transition these guys go through, but he seemed to pick it up really quick.”

As an added bonus, Matthews has some impressive bloodlines.

Have you ever heard of Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice? Well, that is the first cousin of Matthews’ mother.

During his time in college, Matthews set SEC records for catches (262) and receiving yardage (3,759). He was certainly a star at the collegiate level, so it will be interesting to see how he is able to transition to the pros.

If the bloodlines mean anything, then there is no doubt Matthews will find success.

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