May 9, 2014
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|2014 Draft Picks|
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.
Photo Credit: Philadelphia Eagles
|Vanderbilt Draft Picks in Last 20 Years|
|Year||Player||NFL Team||Draft Selection|
|2014||Jordan Matthews, WR||Philadelphia||42nd pick, 2nd Round|
|Wesley Johnson, OL||Pittsburgh||33rd pick, 5th Round|
|Andre Hal, DB||Houston||1st pick, 7th Round|
|2013||Zac Stacy, RB||St. Louis||27th pick, 5th Round|
|Ryan Seymour, OL||Seattle||14th pick, 7th Round|
|2012||Casey Hayward, DB||Green Bay||30th pick, 2nd Round|
|Tim Fugger, DE||Indianapolis||7th pick, 7th Round|
|2010||Myron Lewis, DB||Tampa Bay||3rd pick, 3rd Round|
|Thomas Welch, OL||New England||1st pick, 7th Round|
|2009||D.J. Moore, DB||Chicago||19th pick, 4th Round|
|2008||Chris Williams, OL||Chicago||14th pick, 1st Round|
|Earl Bennett, WR||Chicago||7th pick, 3rd Round|
|Jonathan Goff, LB||N.Y. Giants||30th pick, 5th Round|
|2006||Jay Cutler, QB||Denver||11th pick, 1st Round|
|2005||Jovan Haye, DL||Carolina||15th pick, 6th Round|
|Justin Geisinger, OL||Buffalo||23rd pick, 6th Round|
|2003||Hunter Hillenmeyer, LB||Green Bay||31st pick, 5th Round|
|2001||Jamie Winborn, LB||San Francisco||16th pick, 2nd Round|
|Matt Stewart, LB||Atlanta||7th pick, 4th Round|
|John Markham, PK||N.Y. Giants||29th pick, 5th Round|
|Jimmy Williams, DB||Buffalo||33rd pick, 6th Round|
|1999||Fred Vinson, DB||Green Bay||16th pick, 2nd Round|
|1998||Corey Chavous, DB||Arizona||3rd pick, 2nd Round|
|Jamie Duncan, LB||Tampa Bay||23rd pick, 3rd Round|
|Anthony Jordan||Indianapolis||12th pick, 5th Round|
|1996||James Manley, DT||Minnesota||15th pick, 2nd Round|