SEC’s top 25 players of 2013: No. 8

NCAA Football: Southern Methodist at Texas A&M

SDS is continually counting down the top 25 players in the SEC for 2013, and we’re not stopping until we get to No. 1. I know you’ll agree with every single one…

No. 8 Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M (SR)

Why he’s No. 8: Jake Matthews exits Texas A&M as one of the program pillars who led the program into the SEC, and he’s been the backbone of a dominant offensive line over the last few seasons.

Matthews slid to left tackle this past season to replace Luke Joeckel, who became the second overall pick last year, and Matthews looks to make it back-to-back top-five picks for the Aggies.

Matthews can be a franchise left tackle in the NFL, or he can be a franchise guard or center. He’s that athletic, and he’s that versatile. He’s a stronger and more physical blocker than Joeckel, and he’s perfectly suited to have a huge career at the next level. Matthews may be the safest player in the entire draft, meaning he has great upside and has proven year after year he’s worthy of the top pick.

Matthews proved over the last four years he has no major weaknesses. His footwork sometimes gets a little heavy, and that’s something he’ll work on. But he wrapped up a big-time career and leaves a legacy behind at Texas A&M.

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