Jake Matthews has been every thing the Falcons have hoped for in a franchise still left tackle considering the fact that drafting him with the No. 6 total select in 2014 NFL Draft.
He’s been as constant as they occur safeguarding Matt Ryan’s blindside and in performing so, he’s turn into another person other players design their activity just after.
Just talk to Jonah Williams, a top rated offensive line prospect in this year’s draft class, who outlined Matthews as a participant he admires when describing his activity.
“I build my activity off athleticism,” Williams claimed from the merge. “I consider athletically I’m very similar to [the Falcons] still left tackle Jake Matthews [and] Joe Staley, guys like that I search up to that I try to assess my activity way too.”
Williams, 6-foot-5 and 301 pounds, commenced 43 consecutive online games at Alabama. He commenced his vocation at Alabama playing appropriate tackle but was moved to the still left aspect where by he thinks he’s very best.
Matthews and Williams are in truth very similar in size and stature as Matthews is 6-foot-5 and 310 pounds. And considering the fact that Matthews has been in the league, Williams has been watching.
In truth, NFL.com’s draft analyst Lance Zierlien compares Williams to Matthews.
“I consider we have just about the precise exact same overall body,” Williams claimed of Matthews. “I consider we have very similar athleticism. He’s a technician as well. You almost never see him out of place or using undesirable sets. He’s normally a man who’s heading to get the job finished and have a whole lot of generation and that is what I consider I do as well.”
Matthews acquired his to start with Professional Bowl nod next the 2018 time.
One particular of – if not the major – positional want for the Falcons is bolstering the offensive line. Outside the house of still left tackle and center, Dan Quinn has claimed each other place is being evaluated.
Williams claimed he is at ease playing both equally appropriate and still left tackle and claimed he is also prepared to slide inside of to engage in guard if that is the speedy want for the team that drafts him.
No make a difference if it is at appropriate or still left tackle or guard, Williams wishes to make guaranteed each team is familiar with they are acquiring a competitor to start with and foremost.
“They’re heading to get another person who is heading to occur in and do his very best each single day in every thing that I do,” Williams claimed. “That’s how I try to technique the activity.”