This year’s NFL draft is absolutely loaded at the wide receiver position with a distinct possibility that as many as six could be taken in the first round of May’s draft.
However, Jordan Matthews, one of the top receivers in college the past two years and the all-time leader in receptions and yards in the SEC is not among the top rated receivers in this year’s draft and that has CBS Sports’ Bruce Feldman calling Matthews the most underrated player at his position.
“This draft is stacked with very good receivers. I feel like now that Beckham’s stock seems to be soaring, Matthews may be the most underrated in the group. He’s over 6-3, 212, has huge hands and ran in the mid 4.4s. The guy made a ton of plays in the SEC despite being the main focus of rival teams and he was on one of the few teams that didn’t have a standout QB.”
Matthews had 112 receptions for 1,477 yards and seven touchdowns to give him career numbers of 262 receptions, 3,759 and 24 touchdowns.
If he slips out of the first round, which appears likely, some team in the second round is going to get themselves a player who can make an immediate impact as a rookie because of his size, speed and hands, but what separates him from others in this class is his crisp route-running ability.