Smith, Dimitroff React to Pick of Matthews

Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff:

“We talked throughout this process about improving our team with tough, rugged football players and Jake Matthews epitomizes exactly what we were looking for. He is a solid finisher and has good pass protection skills. He is the type of player that we are always looking for here in Atlanta – guys who are willing to work and those who come in and embrace the team concept.”

Falcons head coach Mike Smith:

“As a coach, you always want to work with guys who love football and Jake Matthews loves football.  As we were doing our due diligence, we had a number of people tells us about Jake’s work ethic, his study habits, and his passion for the game. He played in 52 games at Texas A&M with 46 starts and was a captain as a senior.  He fits the bill for the kind of player we want on our team.”