NFL Draft 2014: Jake Matthews to visit Buffalo Bills

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Eric Ebron is no longer the highest-profile Buffalo Bills pre-draft visitor, because Texas A&M tackle Jake Matthews is reportedly on his way to Orchard Park.

WGR 550's Joe Buscaglia reports that the Buffalo Bills are expected to host Texas A&M offensive tackle Jake Matthews on a pre-draft visit on Tuesday.

Matthews, the son of Hall of Fame offensive lineman Bruce Matthews, enters the NFL as a four-year starter for the Aggies. He spent his first three years playing right tackle, making 33 consecutive starts at the position, before flipping over to the left side to replace 2013 No. 2 overall pick Luke Joeckel. Half an inch shy of 6'6" and 308 pounds, Matthews is considered one of the safest prospects available in the 2014 NFL Draft, and a capable day one starter a either left or right tackle.

The Bills, of course, could stand to upgrade at right tackle, where 16-game starter Erik Pears will be 32 in a couple of months and struggled for long stretches of the 2013 season. Matthews would walk into the starting lineup at right tackle for the Bills, and would also allow the Bills to hedge their bets against losing left tackle Cordy Glenn via free agency following the 2015 season. That's assuming that a prospect of Matthews' caliber even drops all the way down to No. 9.

With the draft still a month away, the Bills have already confirmed 10 of their allotted 30 pre-draft visitors this spring - a list that does not yet include Matthews or LSU wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. Here's the full list, now including the reported Matthews visit, which we're also keeping track of in this StoryStream. For a broader historical view of the Bills' pre-draft visits, be sure to check out our page dedicated to pre-draft visits from previous years (which is also accessible from the Library drop-down on the home page).

Confirmed visits

Player Pos. College Ht Wt Spd
Jeremy Hill RB LSU 6005 233 4.66
Lache Seastrunk RB Baylor 5090 201 4.51
Cody Latimer WR Indiana 6020 215 4.39
Eric Ebron TE North Carolina 6043 250 4.60
Troy Niklas TE Notre Dame 6064 270
Scott Crichton DE Oregon State 6030 273 4.84
Ryan Shazier LB Ohio State 6010 237
Bradley Roby CB Ohio State 5110 194 4.39
Ross Cockrell CB Duke 5110 194 4.56
Bashaud Breeland S Clemson 5110 197 4.62

Reported visits

Player Pos. College Ht Wt Spd
Odell Beckham WR LSU 5112 198 4.43
Jake Matthews OT Texas A&M 6054 308 5.07
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