Sep 21, 2013; College Station, TX, USA; Texas A&M Aggies offensive lineman Jake Matthews against the SMU Mustangs at Kyle Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Draft rumors: Rams targeting Jake Matthews with No. 2 pick?


The St. Louis Rams own the No. 2 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft thanks to a trade with the Washington Redskins that allowed them to select Robert Griffin III in the 2012 NFL Draft, and now they will have their choice of all but one of the prospects available this year.

While many have connected St. Louis to Sammy Watkins and Greg Robinson, who is considered the top offensive tackle in this year’s draft, the Rams may be leaning towards taking a different lineman.

According to Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post Dispatch, the Rams will draft Matthews.

There is also an interesting connection between Matthews and the Rams. Current Rams head coach Jeff Fisher coached Matthews’ Hall of Fame father, Bruce Matthews, and the coach sees some similar traits between the two men.

“I think Jake’s got some similar traits. He appears to be as competitive as his dad,” Fisher said. “His dad, if he was in this room, he would be doing something of a competitive nature.”

Whether or not Fisher takes on the responsibility of coaching Bruce’s son remains to be seen, but that is the direction that those who cover the team seem to believe the team is leaning.

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