Jordan Matthews picked 42nd overall by Philadelphia Eagles
May 9, 2014
Matthews, the Southeastern Conference all-time leader in receptions and receiving yards, becomes the highest Vanderbilt draft selection since offensive lineman Chris Williams was picked No. 14 overall by Chicago in 2008.
Several other Commodore standouts, including offensive lineman Wesley Johnson, cornerback Andre Hal and safety Kenny Ladler, hope to hear their names announced as the draft continues through Saturday at Radio City Music Hall. Coverage of second and third round selections is scheduled Friday on NFL Network and ESPN.
Matthews, from Madison, Ala., is the highest Vanderbilt wide receiver selected in the draft in more than 60 years. The only Commodore receiver taken higher than Matthews is Bucky Curtis, selected 26th overall in the 1951 draft by the Cleveland Browns.
Matthews is the first Commodore selected by Philadelphia since defensive end Dennis Harrison was selected in the fourth round of the 1978 draft.
As a senior in 2013, Matthews set Vanderbilt records with 112 receptions and 1,477 receiving yards, along with seven touchdowns. He garnered All-America recognition from the Associated Press, SI.com, CBSSports.com and Athlons among others.
An under-recruited prospect out of high school, Matthews concluded his illustrious Vanderbilt career as the holder of five SEC records: career receptions (262), career receiving yards (3,759), 100-plus yard receiving games (19), seasons with 90-plus catches (2) and single-season receptions (112). He also ended his collegiate career by earning MVP honors at the BBVA Compass Bowl after a two-touchdown, 143-yard effort against Houston. Matthews also holds the Vanderbilt career record with 24 touchdown catches.
In his final two seasons, Matthews amassed 206 catches, 2,800 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns. As a junior in 2012, he had 94 catches for 1,323 receiving yards and eight touchdowns in 2013, earning consensus first team All-SEC honors.
Matthews' career accomplishments are staggering. He has 26 more receptions and nearly 650 receiving yards more than any other player in SEC history.
Matthews completed his undergraduate degree in economics in December.
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