Jan 4, 2014; Birmingham, AL, USA; Vanderbilt Commodores wide receiver Jordan Matthews (87) catches a pass for a touchdown against the Houston Cougars during the 2014 Compass Bowl at Legion Field. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

Jordan Matthews, Wide Receiver: Kansas City Chiefs Scouting Report

Jordan Matthews set several records during his four years at Vanderbilt including all-time receptions, receiving yards, and touchdowns. At 6’3”, he would become a huge asset for the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2014 season.

Jordan Matthews Combine Results

40-yard dash – 4.46 seconds

Bench press – 21 reps*

Vertical jump – 35.5 inch

Broad jump – 120.0 inch

3-cone drill – 6.95 seconds

20-yard shuttle – 4.18 seconds

60-yard shuttle – 11.84 seconds

* = Combine top performer

(Courtesy of NFL.com)

Matthews finished his four-year career at Vanderbilt with 262 receptions for 3,759 yards and 24 touchdowns. Unlike the other eight wide receivers I have covered for the 2014 NFL Draft, Matthews is a senior and was a starter all four years at Vanderbilt. Matthews could come into the Chiefs offense with leadership experience under his belt and could be a massive weapon for Alex Smith.

One of the weaknesses that NFL.com lists for Matthews is that he can be a bit of a diva. Kansas City certainly doesn’t need another version of Jonathan Baldwin. One was enough.

CBSSports.com had this to say about Matthews’ strengths:

“Balanced route-runner with a sizeable catching radius. Size allowed him to be moved inside and out in Vandy’s offense, allowing the team to find him favorable matchups. Detailed and reliable route-runner. Very good hand-eye coordination to haul in tough passes, including one-handed catches.”

While reading that Matthews could be plugged into several different spots on offense is enticing, CBSSports.com had some cons for Matthews too. He dropped several passes during the Senior Bowl and couldn’t create separation from the cornerbacks.

Jordan Matthews is ranked as the ninth best wide receiver and is projected to go (according to CBSSports.com) sometime in the second round. It’s doubtful that Matthews will end up as a Chief, as they don’t have a second round pick in 2014.

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  • mnelson52

    I think if he couldn’t get separation against the corners at the senior bowl and dropped passes, that we already have a version of him on our team now. We need someone with good hands and can get separation against an NFL defense.

  • jimfromkcj

    I have Matthews and Benjamin as my first rd pick on my mock. Take your pick, I like both guys. And as far as bringing up Baldwin all the time, that could be said about every position on the chiefs as we have drafted duds at every position at one time or another. If you haven’t the gonads to move forward and draft a player who is a standout guy at a real position of need, you are in the wrong sport. As for using one game to vote against a guy, you could find several reasons to vote against every franchise QB who ever lived. Everyone has bad games where you just can’t seem to get out of low gear. Happened to me many times. And there is no exclamation for it, you don’t feel any different, and you think you are no different, but you just ain’t getting the job done and the harder you try, usually the worse it gets.

  • Stan Colbert

    Matthews is a hard worker, who accomplished his records at Vanderbilt. That is enough to get my attention. If the Chiefs draft him je will succeed, though about four others at same level