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Eagles Add WR Jordan Matthews After Trade


With extra ammunition thanks to their trade-down on the draft's opening night, the Eagles reversed course and traded up Friday night to select Vanderbilt wide receiver Jordan Matthews. To move up to No. 42 overall, the Eagles sent the Tennessee Titans their second-round pick (No. 54) and fourth-round pick (No. 122).

Matthews, 6-foot-3, 212 pounds, is the all-time SEC leader in career receptions (262) and receiving yards (3,759). A team captain at Vanderbilt, Matthews played all 52 games of his career.

At wide receiver, Matthews joins Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper, among others, on the Eagles roster. Head coach Chip Kelly said following the pick that the Eagles will likely start Matthews out as an inside receiver to complement Maclin and Cooper.

Here's his scouting report, courtesy of

Overview: Cousin of Hall of Famer Jerry Rice. Receiver-defensive back who also played basketball as an Alabama prep. Played all 52 games of his career. As a true freshman in 2010, started 10-of-12 games and caught 15 balls for 181 yards (12.1-yard average) and four touchdowns. Started all 13 games and paced Commodore receivers each of the next three seasons -- produced 41-778-5 (19.0) in '11; 94-1,323-8 (14.1) in '12; and 112-1,477-7 (13.2) in '13.

Strengths: Good length. Big zone target. Good form as a route runner. Sinks his hips and pops out of breaks. Concentrates, tracks and adjusts. Soft hands and sticky fingers. Has leaping ability to compete in the air. Opens up his stride in the clear and shows nice long speed. Good field awareness. Gives effort as a blocker. Competes and plays with intensity. Tough and intelligent. Lined up outside and inside and has punt-return experience. Team captain and four-year starter with record-setting production.

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