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).
|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|
|Jake Matthews||OT||Texas A&M||6054||308||5.07|