People who have spent any amount of time here reading my posts know that I have a sort of man crush on Jordan Matthews out of Vanderbilt. Sure, I know he is a Wide Receiver. Sure, I know on paper it looks like we are set at the position. Sure, I know we have other clear cut needs. But, (and this is my opinion) if there is a clear cut upgrade at the position, you take it and do not look back. That being said, I would like to make my case as to why he would be an upgrade over what we have now. So here we go.
What the Dolphins lack in our receivers
The Dolphins currently have 7 Wide Receivers under contract. On paper we have speed with Wallace, route running with Hartline, a decent slot receiver in Gibson, a back up option at the slot with Rishard Matthews, and size with both Armon Binns, and Ryan Spadola. They have a couple other guys who's name escapes me at the time of writing this post. On paper it looks like we have all the makings of a potent passing attack, but something is missing. The lack of an end zone threat with size, with good hands, quick in and out of his cuts, with the route running of a WCO receiver.
Enter Jordan Matthews
At 6'3" 210 pounds, Matthews has the size to make things happen. He has the pedigree of being the cousin of one of the greatest receivers to ever play the game(Jerry Rice). With my mom working for Vanderbilt, I have had a chance to meet the guy, and he is the type that takes time to say hello to every person he meets, yet he does not let it get to his head. He caught touchdown passes from not one, not two, not three, but FOUR different quarterbacks, and had proven to be the difference maker in games. He is smart (graduating from Vanderbilt is no easy task). Was spotless in that whole ordeal that featured so many other Vanderbilt football players, and took the leadership role on a team that lost both Jordan Rodgers, and Zac Stacy the year before.
Stats and other important information
One thing to note is that he holds the all time Vandy record for receptions and yards with 262 catches, and 3,759 receiving yards. The only CB's last season to hold him in check is the tandem in Florida.
Walter football has this to say about him: "Matthews is a great fit for a West Coast Offense as he is superb on slants, crosses and digs, the staples of a West Coast Offense. Matthews is also a good blocker in the ground game. He has good intangibles, and a great work ethic. His only knock is speed. He is quick, but not fast. A good 40 time at the combine could however push him from an early second into the first round."
Speed aside, the rest of what he brings to the table is a definite upgrade over what we now have. What do you guys think? Who is your case for the first round?