Chris Matthews, WR, Kentucky

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Chris Matthews, WR, Kentucky

Postby Pudge » Sat Apr 09, 2011 10:40 pm

Kentucky Senior
40: 4.57


Has good size and nice length. Can stretch for the ball and has pretty good hands. Will use his size well to get position against defender over the middle and can make the grab in traffic. Has enough speed to challenge downfield on the intermediate routes. Can get position as a blocker due to his size.


Slow off the line and lacks burst to separate once he does get into his route. Not a factor after the catch. Will miss blocking assignments and not as physical a player as his size merits.


Matthews has good hands, size, and length. He has decent speed for his size, but lacks burst and not sudden. But he presents a nice redzone target. He is basically the polar opposite to Randall Cobb, and was their top receiver besides CObb the past two years. He combined for 93 catches for 1279 yards (13.8 avg) and 12 touchdowns in two years as a starter. He was a JUCO transfer after his sophomore year where he caught 80 passes for 1235 yards (15.4 avg) and 11 touchdowns at LA Harbor College. He is the cousin of the late great Reggie White.


Matthews has the sort of size and hands that will be intriguing to NFL teams. I'm not sure if he ever really makes the most of his opportunities, but he does have some potential to be a poor man's Michael Jenkins. Probably is that he has even less burst and speed than Jenkins does. As a reserve and role player he can come off the bench and produce in the redzone and with his size he can help move the chains by making grabs over the middle. But other than that, he probably lacks upside to really be more than a 20-catch receiver in most offenses. If he can produce on special teams, he'll stand a better chance of sticking on a roster. He's just not going to be able to make many explosive plays or be reliable in terms of getting separation at the next level. He can add depth, but that's really all he'll probably be.


Matthews can add depth, but his long-term potential to develop in Atlanta is limited. He could fill the same role as Jenkins on the outside but not as well and would be better off as a No. 4 guy in the Falcons scheme that can add depth, help move the chains on third down, and potentially produce on special teams. But the Falcons can find better options down the road that can be a bit more explosive on offense and he'll have trouble sticking beyond a year or two. Most likely he's a practice squad player.


Matthews is good enough that a team may look for him at the end of the seventh round, but you'd rather sign him as an undrafted free agent due to his limited upside.

1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite

Speed: 2.0
Hands: 3.0
After Catch: 2.0
Body Control: 3.5
Range: 2.0
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