Matthews set numerous records with the Commodores and was a player the Eagles had been targeting throughout the draft process.
The 6-foot-3 Matthews left Vanderbilt as the all-time SEC leader in career receptions (262) and yards (3,759).
The Eagles were thrilled to grab Matthews at No. 42, and they'll get another chance to see Matthews develop during OTAs Tuesday through Thursday.
“Jordan Matthews, first of all, it’s one of those guys, you ever meet someone and he’s just like, 'Mr. Roseman, nice to see you. I know you’re a Florida graduate and I went to Vandy in the SEC and how are your four kids,' and it’s almost spooky,” Eagles general manager Howie Roseman told reporters when the NFL Draft concluded. “It’s like, all right, I’ve got you, you know who I am. I appreciate that. But at the Senior Bowl he’s getting tape on guys, we’re watching tape on guys at 5:30 in the morning. This guy, the level of determination he has, his work ethic, it’s going to rub off on everyone. He can do anything he wants as a person. You leave meeting him, and he’s as impressive a guy as I’ve ever met, really.
“When you talk about a guy like Jordan Matthews, he can [beat man coverage] by his ball skills, by being able to go over guys. He's 6-foot-3, he's 217 pounds, he's got huge hands, he's got long arms.”