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

2014 NFL Draft Grade: Philadelphia Eagles Select Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt


With the 42nd overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Philadelphia Eagles traded up with the Tennessee Titans and selected Vanderbilt wide receiver Jordan Matthews.

The Eagles needed to pick up a receiver after they let go of DeSean Jackson and he signed in Washington, but most people thought they would add someone with more speed than a guy like Matthews.

This was a very productive college receiver who did great things at Vanderbilt, and I think he compares favorably to Eric Decker, formerly of the Broncos now of the New York Jets.

Grade: B

The Eagles got a guy who is going to fill a need for them, but it’s not a flashy pick by any means nor was Matthews the top WR on my board at this point. Plus, they surrendered an additional fourth round pick to get him.

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