Jordan Matthews bio box
Facts and figures about the Eagles' second-round pick.
Name: Jordan Matthews
Age: 21. Born: July 16, 1992
Height/Weight: 6-3, 212
Position: Wide receiver
Time in 40: 4.46
Vertical jump: 35 1/2 inches
10-yard dash, 2.61; 20-yard, 4.18;
10'-0" broad jump; Bench pressed 225 pounds 21 times; 33 1/4inch arm length; 10 3/8-inch hands;
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Projected role: With his size, Matthews likely will see a lot of time as a slot receiver . . . Prepared for pre-draft meeting with Chip Kelly by watching Eagles' films. "I definitely got a taste for it," he said. "But I can't wait to divulge into the playbook and really learn some stuff."
At college: Is the SEC's all-time leader with 262 receptions and 3,759 receiving yards. His 24 touchdowns is a school record . . . Was the team captain as a senior and ranked fourth in the nation with 1,477 yards . . . Played for James Franklin, who this year left Vandy to become Penn State's coach . . . His quarterback in his sophomore and junior seasons was Jordan Rodgers, younger brother of Packers star Aaron Rodgers . . . Vandy made it to bowl games each of the last 3 years, a first in school history . . . Used his size effectively, making nearly 20 percent of his career catches in the red zone . . . Oddly, he never played against SEC power Alabama.
Personal: Is cousins with Jerry Rice, the greatest wide receiver ever to play football . . . Spent 10 days on a mission trip to Africa . . . His father, Roderick, is a contracts division manager. Mom, Brenda, is a systems engineer
Smart kid: "I graduated with an economics degree," he said after he was drafted. "That was really important to me because I wanted to make sure that I was completely done with school when I got to the NFL, because I wanted to wake up as a professional athlete and go to bed as a professional athlete. I didn't want to have to worry about going back to school or any of that stuff. I want to be a complete football player, so I didn't want any distractions off the field, including school. I was glad I was able to finish that and also give that degree to my mom."
Mike Mayock observation: "If the quarterback plays at the level he did a year ago - and I'm talking about Nick Foles - this team will be first, second or third in scoring in the league," Mayock said after Matthews was drafted. The Eagles were fourth in points in 2013.