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Old 03-01-2009   #1
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Clay Matthews, LB, USC
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 240lbs
40 yd dash: 4.67 sec. (4th of LBs- top performer)
Vertical Jump: 35.5" (4th of LBs- top performer)
Broad Jump: 10'1" (3rd of LBs- top performer)
3-cone drill: 6.90 sec. (2nd of LBs- top performer)
20 yard shuttle: 4.18 sec. (2nd of LBs- top performer)- better than most RBs and WRs

I thought I had started a thread about him already but after searching I can't find it. He was high on my list for the Broncos during the mock draft so I think I was trying to keep him a secret

Definitely a 1st round guy I initially thought would go in the 20's to a team like the Patriots or the Dolphins. With the signing of Antonio Smith, DE is not a top priority. SLB would be a great pick at 15 and Cushing or Matthews may fit that real well. Matthews is a great pass rusher which boosts his value for us. Adding Bruce Matthews as a coach doesn't hurt our exposure to this kid at all either. I wouldn't be upset if we were to take him at 15 if they like him instead of risk trading down and missing out.

From what I could tell, he looked really fluid in the drills during the combine. I didn't really get to watch much though.

Here's what danger6 posted 2 weeks ago:
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Here is some recent information on Clay Matthews:

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A recent posting in their Talent Board:

Clay Matthews LB USC

STRENGTHS
Clay is a quality pass rushing LB with excellent potential to develop into a complete LB for any style of defense. He has good size as well as great quickness and burst. He also has many different pass rush moves and very mature pass rush techniques. Clay is a smart LB who shows leadership skills through his play on the field. He has the size, burst and quickness to be an impact special teams player and pass rusher at the next level. Clay is one of my sleeper players in this draft, but something tells me that it will not be long before I will have to take the sleeper tag off this kid!

NEEDS TO IMPROVE
If Clay can prove that he has good change of direction skills and some coverage ability at the upcoming Senior Bowl and combine, then Clay could move up into the first round of this draft. Right now, on film, it is hard for me to see these two skills because of the way Clay was used in the defense for his college team. But something tells me he has them!

TALENT BOARD ROUND 1
Clay reminds me of Matt Roth, a DE/LB drafted in the 2005 draft in the 2nd round by the Miami Dolphins; however, I feel that Clay has more athleticism than Matt. Clay is a hell of a special teams player and that alone, with his pass rushing talents, is enough for me to look really hard at him in the latter part of the first round. If I use a defense like the New England Patriots, Clay is high on my list because he fits that type of system right now. As far as being a 4-3 LB, we will just have to see how well he does at the combine and Senior Bowl. He looks like he has the athleticism to play in any defensive system and might have the talent to play more than one LB position. His LTI is very short because of his mature techniques when rushing the passer. When Clay comes on the field in pass rushing situations, he is going to have to be accounted for. When it's all said and done, Clay might wind up having the longest and the best career out of all the LB's coming out from USC in this draft. Clay is a quality kid with a ton of talent that I believe has not yet been tapped into and if I was a playoff team in the 1st round, Clay is exactly the type of player I would like to add to my defense.


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From CBS Sports, referencing to NFLDraftScout.com:

http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/players/504552

“Clay Matthews, 6-3, 246, ILB, Southern California
While teammates Rey Maualuga and Brian Cushing certainly earned more attention throughout their respective careers, it is the former walk-on Matthews, Jr., who some scouts feel ultimately could be the best of the bunch.” Considering he came to USC as a 166-pound linebacker and tight end with only Idaho offering him a D-I scholarship, his rise to stardom has been remarkable.
A special teams standout early in his career, Matthews didn't emerge as even a starter until three games into his senior campaign. Showing burst off the snap as a hybrid defensive end and surprising fluidity and instincts in coverage, Matthews posted 56 tackles and finished third on the team in tackles for loss (9.5) and second in sacks (4.5).
A strong performance at the Senior Bowl had scouts buzzing about his upside, especially considering his family's gridiron success. Considering he has only started 10 games over his career, there isn't a prospect in the country who can match Matthews' meteoric rise up draft boards this year.

Positives: Ascending player who may be just scratching the surface of his potential. Well-built athlete whose dedication in the weight-room is obvious in his physique. Reliable open-field tackler. Versatile defender who flashes as a natural pass rusher off the edge. Good speed upfield and has the balance and burst to redirect his rush. Good initial hand punch to pop the blocker and disengage. Good effort and speed in pursuit. Instinctive defender who played well in space as a traditional linebacker. Excellent special teams player. Twice named co-special teams player of the year (2005, 2006). Excellent bloodlines. Father, Clay, played 19 seasons at linebacker and made the Pro Bowl four times. Uncle, Bruce, made the Pro Bowl 14 times and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2007. Grandfather, also named Clay, played for the 49ers in the 1950s. Pac-10 Academic All-American with a 3.06 GPA in international relations.
Negatives: Has less than a full season as a starter and only 10 career starts -- all in 2008. Surrounded by so much talent at USC that holes in his game could have been disguised. Lacks the bulk to remain at defensive end. Prefers to run around blocks rather than take them on. While he improved as the year went on, remains a work in progress in disengaging from blocks. Suffered broken left thumb against Nebraska, then fractured a metacarpal later in season, then had to have surgery after the bowl game as it did not heal properly.”
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Positives: Ascending player who may be just scratching the surface of his potential. Well-built athlete whose dedication in the weight-room is obvious in his physique. Reliable open-field tackler. Versatile defender who flashes as a natural pass rusher off the edge. Good speed upfield and has the balance and burst to redirect his rush. Good initial hand punch to pop the blocker and disengage. Good effort and speed in pursuit. Instinctive defender who played well in space as a traditional linebacker. Excellent special teams player. Twice named co-special teams player of the year (2005, 2006). Excellent bloodlines. Father, Clay, played 19 seasons at linebacker and made the Pro Bowl four times. Uncle, Bruce, made the Pro Bowl 14 times and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2007. Grandfather, also named Clay, played for the 49ers in the 1950s. Pac-10 Academic All-American with a 3.06 GPA in international relations.



Negatives: Has less than a full season as a starter and only 10 career starts -- all in 2008. Surrounded by so much talent at USC that holes in his game could have been disguised. Lacks the bulk to remain at defensive end. Prefers to run around blocks rather than take them on. While he improved as the year went on, remains a work in progress in disengaging from blocks. Suffered broken left thumb against Nebraska, then fractured a metacarpal later in season, then had to have surgery after the bowl game as it did not heal properly.

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Clay Matthews III is an interesting prospect. He has a non-stop motor and is an excellent pass-rusher (from all the You Tube videos I’ve seen). More importantly he has a high football IQ and an admirable work ethic (he was a walk-on to the football program at USC).

However, he does not have a lot of starting experience but played well behind, arguably, the best line backing corps. last season. Regardless, he is a good prospect and I would be more then enthusiastic to see him in a Texans uniform.

Most experts have him going in the 2nd or 3rd rounds and I’m not sure we would be willing to spend a first-round pick on him. Maybe with a trade down we could grab this guy but definitely not 15th overall in the first-round. On a side note, his uncle Bruce Matthews is a former Houston Oilers lineman and now an assistant with the Texans…maybe one more reason to get him?

Pete Carroll on Clay: “Clay is really productive. He gives us great speed, and he has great savvy and instincts.”


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He was initially listed as a 2nd or 3rd round guy but with the combine he had, his stock has been rising. He was one of the better LB's out there. I wouldn't be surprised if people start seeing him as a mid-1st round guy by the time draft day rolls around.

And whether OTHER people see him that way or not, I wouldn't be upset if we got him there.
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With the three USC LB's all being good and together... anyone else think they all made each other look better than they really are?
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Clay Matthews, LB, USC
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 240lbs
40 yd dash: 4.67 sec. (4th of LBs- top performer)
Vertical Jump: 35.5" (4th of LBs- top performer)
Broad Jump: 10'1" (3rd of LBs- top performer)
3-cone drill: 6.90 sec. (2nd of LBs- top performer)
20 yard shuttle: 4.18 sec. (2nd of LBs- top performer)- better than most RBs and WRs

I thought I had started a thread about him already but after searching I can't find it. He was high on my list for the Broncos during the mock draft so I think I was trying to keep him a secret

Definitely a 1st round guy I initially thought would go in the 20's to a team like the Patriots or the Dolphins. With the signing of Antonio Smith, DE is not a top priority. SLB would be a great pick at 15 and Cushing or Matthews may fit that real well. Matthews is a great pass rusher which boosts his value for us. Adding Bruce Matthews as a coach doesn't hurt our exposure to this kid at all either. I wouldn't be upset if we were to take him at 15 if they like him instead of risk trading down and missing out.

From what I could tell, he looked really fluid in the drills during the combine. I didn't really get to watch much though.

Here's what danger6 posted 2 weeks ago:
You beat me to it! I was going to start this thread earlier but I was running late for work. I just posted this in another thread before reading this one. Great minds think alike!

15 is not a reach for this Mathews. IMO potential wise, he is in a class of his own. Every thing clicked for for him this last year. His stats dont do him justice. He caught my eye in the Oregon st vs USC game. I started putting him on my mocks in the later rounds and it seemed like every month I had to move him up a round. His instincs are great and once his body completely matures hes going to be a very good player.
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I like the pick of Clay. I like the pick of Cushing as well. Both should be there for us, but givin' the the fact that Bruce is on our staff now can pay huge dividens in Clays "off the field" development...
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Not much but it's something to watch. Looks to have a great closing burst.

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its in his genes. Patriots made their living drafting guys like Mathews in the 3rd/4th rounds my how times have changed everytime you turnaround another team is switching to a 3-4. The Texans knew this early on bringing in Capers to run it but they never invested or got lucky health wise in a NT to really give it a fair chance. now on their 3rd DC Bush is bringing a different version of the 4-3 than Richard Smith tried to install, more like USC uses called the Elephant where the SLB stands up. the DL basicly still uses one-gap technique but the SLB comes off the edge in blitzing fashion like an extra DE. of course Brian Cushing is the ideal compliment for this attacking defense but has caught the attention of scouts around the league so I doubt will still be there @ #15. Clay is another option, doesn't hurt his chance with Mathews Sr. now on staff either but its more about running Frank Bushs new up tempo scheme. I would still prefer trading down like Smith did last years draft playing a little cat & mouse, nothing cute just exclamation point
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I'm all for trading down if we can find a trading partner.

I think ethier Barwin or Matthews will be there @ 20-25

I like Barwin better he is bigger & faster but Matthews is the same type of prospect in that they both have their best years ahead of them. Unlimited potential
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With the three USC LB's all being good and together... anyone else think they all made each other look better than they really are?
I don't think so.

They had the best defense in college football in the last what? Twenty years or something like that?

It's funny that the other two are rated higher because I see Matthews as the only one without question marks.
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I like Matthews work ethic, he seems like a hard-nosed blue-collar guy that doesnt mind getting his hands dirty. Just the kind of guy we need, a guy with a motor that doesnt stop and a never quit attitude. I like his size and speed combo also.
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Anyone else remember when we had the 15 pick? We all thought for sure we would go OLB if DJ was there. Instead we ended up with Travis Johnson.

I would draft Matthews at 15 if Rey is off the board.
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Call me crazy but I would take Matthews , Barwin , and Sidbury over M. Johnson , Rey Rey , and Cushing .
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With the three USC LB's all being good and together... anyone else think they all made each other look better than they really are?
Technically Clay Matthews was a DE, not a full time OLB


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I'd steer clear of Cush with all the roid rumors.

I'd take at least 100 players before M. Johnson. The man's lazy play is legendary and a guy like Clay deserves to go a few rounds before that pile of wasted potential

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I'd steer clear of Cush with all the roid rumors.

I'd take at least 100 players before M. Johnson. The man's lazy play is legendary and a guy like Clay deserves to go a few rounds before that pile of wated potential
When your talking millions and wasted picks ... I wouldn't touch Johnson or Cushing in the 1st two rounds .

You google Brian Cushing steroids and you only get 11,600 hits .
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With the three USC LB's all being good and together... anyone else think they all made each other look better than they really are?
This is why I want to see what the write up on Bobby Carpenter was and see if it is familiar to what we just read on Clay 3.

However, another side of me says this is the best situation to draft a kid like Clay 3. With Diles, Ryans and Adibi, and Bentley he wouldn't have to start right away. He would have a bit of time to get adjusted to the game by playing special teams. We need a guy like this on special teams anyhow. I see that he only started 10 games his whole career but what intrigues me is how this kid walked on to a power house program like USC and became a starter in their linebacking corp. You just don't do that without being some kind of good.
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If comparison is to be fair, it could be said that Matthews was a "one season wonder" as some are saying about Robert Ayers. If Raji is gone @#15, we should be able to get a decent trade down offer and still get a very solid player in late first. Getting a starting DE in FA really helped our draft. I am hoping there will be at least one "why did that guy go so high?" selection in front of us and one or two teams really wanting to trade with us for that "got to have him" player. Another 3rd & 6th like last season would be great but I'm hoping we can do even better. Right now, RB Jennings or FS Delmas is looking good in 3rd but I'm still wavering on Peerman in 5th and Rashad Johnson FS in one of our 4ths.

I am dreaming Detroit will trade up with us and then Atlanta. Greedy, huh?
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The only sure pick out of the 4 LB's from USC is Rey Maualuga because he has played the most of all them IMO.
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Default Re: Clay Matthews - OLB - USC

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The only sure pick out of the 4 LB's from USC is Rey Maualuga because he has played the most of all them IMO.
i am hoping all 4 get taken before #15.
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