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Cover 2: Texas A&M OT Jake Matthews & Pittsburgh DT Aaron Donald

Posted Apr 19, 2014

Cover 2 is a daily look at players on NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah’s top 50 prospects in the 25 days leading up to the 2014 NFL Draft.


The following players who entered the 2014 NFL Draft were ranked in Daniel Jeremiah's top 50 (as of April 1). Click below for a write-up of each duo:

RB Carlos Hyde/RB Bishop Sankey | LB Khalil Mack/TE Eric Ebron | LB Anthony Barr/TE Jace Amaro |
LB C.J. Mosley/TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins | LB Ryan Shazier/LB Chris Borland |
OT Greg Robinson/DE Jadeveon Clowney | OT Jake Matthews/DT Aaron Donald |
OT Taylor Lewan/DT Timmy Jernigan | OT Zack Martin/DT Louis Nix III |
OT Morgan Moses/DT Ra’Shede Hageman | OT Cyrus Kouandjio/DE Kony Ealy |
G Xavier Su’a-Filo/DE Dee Ford | G Brandon Thomas/DE Stephon Tuitt |
QB Teddy Bridgewater/DE Demarcus Lawrence | QB Johnny Manziel/DT Dominique Easley |
QB Blake Bortles/QB Derek Carr | WR Sammy Watkins/CB Justin Gilbert |
WR Mike Evans/FS Calvin Pryor | WR Odell Beckham Jr./FS Ha Ha Clinton-Dix |
WR Marqise Lee/CB Darqueze Dennard | WR Kelvin Benjamin/CB Bradley Roby |
WR Brandin Cooks/CB Kyle Fuller | WR Jarvis Landry/CB Jason Verrett |
WR Davante Adams/SS Jimmie Ward | WR Paul Richardson/CB Lamarcus Joyner

Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M, Senior

College experience: Matthews started 46 of the 49 games he played for the Aggies and is capable of playing left or right tackle. He began his career at right tackle but switched to left tackle for his senior season after former Aggies teammate Luke Joeckel was drafted by Jacksonville with the second overall pick of the 2013 NFL Draft. Matthews is a two-time, first-team All-SEC selection (2012-13), was named an AP All-American and was a finalist for the Outland Trophy in 2013. He said part of his decision to return for his senior season was based on wanting to play on the same team as his younger brother Mike.

Combine measurements: Height: 6 feet, 5 inches; Weight: 308 pounds

Combine performances: 40-yard dash: 5.07 seconds; Bench press: 24 reps; Vertical jump: 30.5 inches (tied for third among OL); Broad jump: 8 feet, 9 inches; 3-cone drill: 7.34 seconds (second among OL); 20-yard shuttle: 4.47 seconds

Jeremiah’s ranking: 5th out of the top 50 prospects


Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh, Senior

College stats: Donald was selected first-team All-American and first-team All-ACC and won the Outland Trophy and Chuck Bednarik and Bronko Nagurski awards in 2013 after leading FBS with 28.5 tackles for loss (an NCAA-tops six in one game against Georgia Tech) and posting 11 sacks and 59 tackles (43 solo) as a senior. He led the Panthers with 5.5 sacks and 18.5 tackles for loss and was named first-team All-Big East in 2012. Donald had 16 tackles for loss and 11 sacks and was named second-team All-Big East in 2011. He played in 13 games as a freshman and 51 for his career, ending with 181 tackles (115 solo), 66 tackles for loss and 29.5 sacks.

Combine measurements: Height: 6 feet, 1 inch; Weight: 285 pounds

Combine performances: 40-yard dash: 4.68 seconds (tied for fifth among DL); Bench press: 35 reps (second among DL); Vertical jump: 32 inches; Broad jump: 9 feet, 8 inches; 3-cone drill: 7.11 seconds (fourth among DL); 20-yard shuttle: 4.39 seconds

Jeremiah’s ranking: 14th out of the top 50 prospects

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