As the quarterback race at the top of this year’s draft heats up, the Falcons may find themselves in a position to take one of the top three non-QB players in this year’s draft. The early consensus seems to be that Jadeveon Clowney, Greg Robinson and Jake Matthews are the top players in this year’s draft and with four quarterbacks potentially in play at the top of the draft, the Falcons could have their choice of Clowney, Robinson and Matthews.
ESPN.com’s Todd McShay released his second mock draft of the offseason on Thursday, and he’s got the Falcons selecting Matthews, the Texas A&M left tackle. McShay mocked Clowney and Robinson as picks one and two and the Falcons found themselves in the fortunate position, in McShay’s mock, of adding Matthews, a two-time All-American and the son of Pro Football Hall of Fame offensive lineman Bruce Matthews.
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Matthews is considered an extremely “clean” draft pick, with NFL bloodlines beyond his father and a resume of high performance and those are a few reasons Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff thinks he’s a great prospect.
“He’s got such strong technique about him and such a very developed mind as far as offense, as far as offensive line, as far as technique, as far as the ability to adjust,” Dimitroff said during his Google Hangout at the Senior Bowl. “Those are special traits that not everyone comes to the line of scrimmage with. This guy is obviously going to be a top-10 pick, if not top-five, and he’s going to do some great things in the league.”