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Jordan Matthews picked 42nd overall by Philadelphia Eagles

May 9, 2014





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NEW YORK CITY - Record-breaking wide receiver Jordan Matthews from Vanderbilt was selected 42nd overall by the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFL Draft today.

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

 

 

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