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Friday, November 25, 2011

Draft Rewind 2009 - Clay Matthews - Green Bay Packers

What Ourlads NFL Scouting Services said about CLAY MATTHEWS: Southern Cal, 6031 240 4.62. One-year starter. Good size and athletic ability. Quick initial read and react. Downhill ability with good fits to the hole and good instincts. Locates the ball well with good pursuit angles. Throws his body around and is aggressive taking on blocks. Could work better with his hands, but is explosive on contact. Has pass rush skills. Works well versus a tight end with good second effort. Gets good leverage when playing off a block. For the most part is solid in coverage in both man and zone. Shows the ability to cover a tight end up the seam and demonstrates good zone awareness. Needs to see the ball and receiver better. At times gets locked on a receiver in a zone and does not react to the throw. In general, is very active in coverage and shows good range. Works to finish play. High motor player with a nose for the ball. Solid every down prospect that projects as a first day pick. Member of the NFL good DNA club with father Clay Sr. and uncle Bruce Matthews, long time durable league standouts. Will contribute on special teams. Hard worker. Went to Southern Cal as a walk on and has earned his way up the ladder to start. Tough and competitive. Playing linebacker at Southern Cal is like a dog in a meat house, fighting for tackles. Made 65 tackles in 2008 and had 4 1/2 sacks. OSR:2/34. First round. (A-32 1/4, H-9 1/2, BP-23, SS-4.18).