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Matthews excited by the talent around him

Confidence has never been an issue for Jordan Matthews.

At the same time, he's the ultimate team player.

The Philadelphia Eagles traded up 12 spots to grab Matthews with the No. 42 overall pick in the NFL Draft and the former standout wide receiver at Vanderbilt is excited to be with the Eagles and their talented offense.

"I've got great talent around me and when you have great guys around you, it makes you more comfortable. I'm just able to come out and do my job," Matthews told Philadelphiaeagles.com. "It's definitely a good feeling when you can look around and see probably the best running back in the NFL, a great quarterback, a veteran tight end, another great tight end and two great receivers outside of you. It's a good situation to be in and I'm just going to come out here and work as hard as I can.

"I don't want to say that it's easier because the transition to the NFL isn't easy," he continued. "People say that a lot with receivers when they come into the league. I'd definitely say it's a blessing, though, to be able to look around and see some All-Pro guys around you. I'm just trying to take it in stride and be the best that I can be."

Matthews caught 262 passes for 3,759 yards in a stellar career at Vanderbilt.

Since the Eagles released three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver DeSean Jackson along with Jason Avant, Matthews will surely have an opportunity to play as a rookie.

"I look at it as if I have to come out here and be the best Eagle that I can be," Matthews said. "I don't pay attention to all of that stuff and I don't worry about all of that stuff. I'm trying to learn from the guys who are older than me and learn from Brad [Smith], who is an awesome pro who has been in the league for a long time. I'm trying to watch Jeremy [Maclin] and Riley [Cooper] outside in case I have to ever play outside too. That's the approach I'm taking, and like I've said, I'm an empty vessel and I'm just trying to come out here and learn."