OK. I've had a week to do some research & make some professional contacts myself regarding Clay Matthews Jr. & while I'm not his biggest fan I fully understand the allure of his selection. But what upset me most was his generic projection based on measureables (don't always transfer to field) bloodlines (Bruce & Clay Sr. both great but does not make him a hall of fame lock, well unless he is voting I guess it does) & lack of breaking down actual playing history/game tape.
After the Texans signed left defensive end Antonio Smith in free agency, they can turn their attention to outside linebacker or defensive tackle in the first round. Mississippi's Peria Jerry would be a nice addition at tackle, but Matthews can do so many things that he's more valuable in this spot. He's been on the rise since the Senior Bowl. He was terrific at the combine, running 4.62 in the 40, including an incredible 1.49 for the first 10 yards. He's 6-3, 245 and can play the strong or weak side.
I love the Senior Bowl. Clay had an excellent week of practice (like Amobi Okoye did two years ago) but this was after only one decent season, nothing to suggest worthy of a top 15 pick. I bought in to Amobi but since realize its important not to fall in love with a player because you can reach, thus passing on more ready made productive football players. Actual game film it just too important to overlook, body of work & all factors should be considered first & foremost. So like Amobi Okoye I feel its a risky pick based more about potential & projection instead of where excatly in time his game is today which directly translates into success sooner rather than later for the Texans.
Value has really two different meanings here one he (McClain) is expounding value
to the Texans because he projects to have the ability to play multiple positions. Do we really want our #1 pick to play special teams? seems risky (injury standpoint) & doesn't he need to FIND his position & stick there for a while to develop his game with solid on field production? Value to me in the draft is taking the best football player for your team NOW, instant starter (Mario Williams) who can help improve the most in a specific area, the NFL is now very much a specialist league so you need to select the most proven skilled player.
You also know some teams are gonna make these kind of mistakes in scouting picking ahead of the Texans thus dropping a premier talent Houston way, thats where value is -identifying that player who helps you improve the most over the competition.
Measureables vs. tape. They should be used only to verify results on the field not to project how much better athletically a prospect is or will become. Its a tool used to check off on a list of items used in scouting to grade prospects only not a be all end all solution.
In summary we should all expect better coverage (professional insight) from those paid who pontificate as draft insiders the merits of prospects to the masses