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Report: Jake Matthews staying for senior season

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05:03 PM ET 01.02 | The 2013 NFL Draft's offensive tackle class has taken a major blow. It is believed that Texas A&M Aggies offensive tackle Jake Matthews will return to College Station for his senior season. The report comes from a source close to Matthews says he "would be shocked" if Matthews made the jump to the NFL. A big reason for Matthew's decision to return to the Aggies is that he wants to put together a full season of tape at left tackle. Matthews, who is graded as a first-round talent, is ranked by many as the No. 2 offensive tackle prospect behind his teammate Luke Joeckel. The decision to return could play in Matthews' favor and make him some serious cash. Instead of being a top 10 or top 15 draft pick in 2013, Matthews could return to school and work his way toward becoming a top five selection in 2014.

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January 3, 2013  09:16 AM ET

Found out he wasn't likely a first rounder?

January 3, 2013  09:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Found out he wasn't likely a first rounder?

Even if he was and the difference in one year is a top ten pick vs end of the round can mean alot of cash....

Call Lloyds of London!

January 3, 2013  10:05 AM ET

He's projected as the 2nd OL on the board, but wants to put together a full season of tape?

January 3, 2013  10:59 AM ET

I guess they want more money. And if I was them, maybe I would, too. I'd like to think I'd rather want to go to a team that might win the Superbowl. So, if he goes real high, he'll probably end up on Kansas City or The Browns.

January 3, 2013  11:07 AM ET

He's an OL, likely smart & wanting to finish his studies as well as improve his marketing material and relative position for a possible NFL career.

January 3, 2013  11:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

He's an OL, likely smart & wanting to finish his studies as well as improve his marketing material and relative position for a possible NFL career.

Or maybe he just likes sheep ...

January 3, 2013  12:39 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Or maybe he just likes sheep ...

Classic.....

January 3, 2013  12:44 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Classic.....

for JRM

January 3, 2013  12:48 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

for JRM

I'd be pleased if it summoned him back to the threads.

January 3, 2013  12:59 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Even if he was and the difference in one year is a top ten pick vs end of the round can mean alot of cash....Call Lloyds of London!

Thought I would let you know....I'm channeling my inner-Sooner self and heading to the Cotton Bowl with my dad this afternoon. Surprised him with tix as a Christmas present. This will be his first OU game this year.

Sad thing is....spent a ton on tickets, and I'm going to root for a tie, only b/c both teams can't lose!!! :-)

Good luck to the land theives!!!

January 3, 2013  01:02 PM ET

Can't afford to take a pay cut.

January 3, 2013  01:19 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Found out he wasn't likely a first rounder?

Left tackles tend to get paid more than right tackles do.

January 3, 2013  01:20 PM ET

May also be a little incentive to get to play for a year with his brother.

January 3, 2013  01:50 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

May also be a little incentive to get to play for a year with his brother.

+1

January 3, 2013  04:35 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

I'd be pleased if it summoned him back to the threads.

Me too...he's be AWOL way too long.

January 3, 2013  04:36 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

May also be a little incentive to get to play for a year with his brother.

That could very well have quite a bit to do with it.

January 6, 2013  11:51 PM ET

There is NO DOUBT he is a top 11 pick. There is no way he would make it past the San Diego pick. He's better than Lewan. He's better than Fischer. He may even be better than Joekel in the long run. That's a lot of money to play with. In football, you're always an injury away.

 
January 6, 2013  11:55 PM ET

He's a legitimate top 10. He wouldn't make it past 11 in San Diego where he would definitely be used as a left tackle. Whoever said he's a 2nd round pick is smoking something funny. If he has legitimate educational goals that he needs to pursue I applaud his choice. If it's a football thing, I think he should declare for this year's draft.

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