Falcons sign OT Matthews, DE Hageman
The Atlanta Falcons signed first-round pick Jake Matthews, an offensive tackle from Texas A&M, and second-round pick Ra'Shede Hageman, a defensive end from Minnesota, the team announced Wednesday.
Matthews (6-foot-5, 309 pounds) was selected as the sixth overall pick of the 2014 NFL Draft. He played in 52 games with 46 straight starts at both right and left tackle at Texas A&M.
Matthews was a consensus All-American and a unanimous All-Southeastern Conference first-team selection while serving as a team captain in 2013.
Matthews is the fourth member of his family to be selected in the first round and the seventh to reach the NFL. His NFL linage began with Clay Matthews Sr., who played four seasons for the San Francisco 49ers in the 1950s. His father, Bruce Matthews, was a 14-time Pro Bowl selection and member of the Hall of Fame, and Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews III is his cousin.
Hageman (6-6, 318) was selected as the 37th overall pick. He appeared in 46 games at Minnesota, including starts in his final 26 contests. Hageman finished his career with 91 tackles (57 solo), with 10 sacks, 24 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and two blocked kicks.
Serving as a team captain in 2013, Hageman was named a third-team All-American and was a consensus All-Big Ten first-team choice after recording 38 tackles (26 solo), with two sacks, and a career-high 13 tackles for loss.