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Valandui
01-19-2009, 07:53 PM
I was wondering what any of you thought of this guy. He seems like a great player that is very underrated due to Maualuga and Cushing dominating. He has great NFL bloodlines, his grandfather played for the 49ers in the 50's, his dad played for the Browns from 1978 to 1993 and the Falcons from 1994 to 1996, and his uncle Bruce went to 14 pro bowls an as OL for the Oilers/ Titans from 1983 to 2001. He would fit as an LB in a 4-3 or a 3-4 inside or outside. I think he could be a good steal in the second or third.

http://www.draftcountdown.com/scoutingreports/olb/Clay-Matthews.php

cheyannefan
01-19-2009, 08:16 PM
I was wondering what any of you thought of this guy. He seems like a great player that is very underrated due to Maualuga and Cushing dominating. He has great NFL bloodlines, his grandfather played for the 49ers in the 50's, his dad played for the Browns from 1978 to 1993 and the Falcons from 1994 to 1996, and his uncle Bruce went to 14 pro bowls an as OL for the Oilers/ Titans from 1983 to 2001. He would fit as an LB in a 4-3 or a 3-4 inside or outside. I think he could be a good steal in the second or third.

http://www.draftcountdown.com/scoutingreports/olb/Clay-Matthews.php
I have been thinking this for quite some time. In all of the USC games that I have watched (which I will admit are not many), he was the linebacker that stood out to me. He has pretty nice size and from what I saw could find his way to the ballcarrier.

TonySporanoTuna
01-19-2009, 09:14 PM
Legacies always do well I don't know why. Maybe someday scientists will identify the gene that makes people NFL players and we will know why, but yes this guy would probably be a good steal for us.

BARF
01-19-2009, 09:19 PM
what is his build

Digital
01-19-2009, 09:42 PM
I clearly recall his dad with the Browns and I always wished we had a good consistant LB corps like they did back then, and Matthews was a cornerstone.

I like Matthews, but he's not an elite player athletically unfortunately. The NFL has gotten bigger, stronger, quicker and faster. While he's an OLB, he'd be hard pressed to find a true position for our scheme in today's NFL. He's not quick enough or fast enough to play WOLB, he's not quite big enough to excel at SOLB, and he's not quite strong enough for ILB. Realistically, he could play all of those positions competently, but he simply wouldn't excel at them the way his dad did, so he would be more of a 3rd or 4th rounder for us. He's going to be picked in the 2nd round I'm fairly sure, most likely by a 43 team.

SamIam
01-19-2009, 09:48 PM
I clearly recall his dad with the Browns and I always wished we had a good consistant LB corps like they did back then, and Matthews was a cornerstone.

I like Matthews, but he's not an elite player athletically unfortunately. The NFL has gotten bigger, stronger, quicker and faster. While he's an OLB, he'd be hard pressed to find a true position for our scheme in today's NFL. He's not quick enough or fast enough to play WOLB, he's not quite big enough to excel at SOLB, and he's not quite strong enough for ILB. Realistically, he could play all of those positions competently, but he simply wouldn't excel at them the way his dad did, so he would be more of a 3rd or 4th rounder for us. He's going to be picked in the 2nd round I'm fairly sure, most likely by a 43 team.

http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=sFi0o8GCM9c

MAdolfan
01-19-2009, 09:59 PM
Mathews is HEAVILY shadowed because of Cushing, Mauluaga and Taylor Mays but Mathews was just as good as any of their LB's. If he is there in the 3rd or 4th round we have to take him. He is a great athlete with good build to him.

Dogbone34
01-19-2009, 11:30 PM
We went to the same high school. I like him on the 2nd day.

WelcomeBack
01-19-2009, 11:33 PM
Being from So Cal...I got to see every game. Matthews played primarily as a defensive end this year because of the talent at linebacker. With Cushing and Maualuga manning two spots and Kaluka Maiava coming up strong, Carroll decided he HAD to have Matthews on the field somehow. So, he moved him to the defensive end spot...and Matthews delivered well. He is a very solid player that would play outside linebacker in the NFL. If we're still looking at OLB, and he's there in the 3rd or 4th round, I'd take him.

X-Pacolypse
01-20-2009, 02:56 PM
Matthews looks like he's on the juice, more than Cushing. He is talented, nonetheless.

ckparrothead
01-20-2009, 04:45 PM
When I see a "football player" like Matthews...


...I think of Special Teams.

NRA
01-20-2009, 05:35 PM
i think that he IS the most under rated player in this draft and could very well
end up being the best lb from this draft.

he was caught up in the tail wash of cushing an maulaga [understandably]
and folks didnt lock on to him like the others, but this guy is a REAL football
player and tough as nails.

i am hoping he is picked by us with our 3rd rounder. but, i am sure that after
the combine, he will not be a secret any longer and will probably be gone long
before our second rounders.

one of my top 5 players in this draft.

SR 7
01-20-2009, 05:47 PM
Being from So Cal...I got to see every game. Matthews played primarily as a defensive end this year because of the talent at linebacker. With Cushing and Maualuga manning two spots and Kaluka Maiava coming up strong, Carroll decided he HAD to have Matthews on the field somehow. So, he moved him to the defensive end spot...and Matthews delivered well. He is a very solid player that would play outside linebacker in the NFL. If we're still looking at OLB, and he's there in the 3rd or 4th round, I'd take him.

u goin to the SD game next year? We should put together a tailgate sesh and go.

WelcomeBack
01-20-2009, 05:54 PM
u goin to the SD game next year? We should put together a tailgate sesh and go.

I'm thinking about going possibly. Got to see how things work out here financially.

SR 7
01-20-2009, 07:43 PM
yea same here if so we'll talk down the road

Valandui
01-21-2009, 04:06 AM
When I see a "football player" like Matthews...


...I think of Special Teams.
What do you mean?

lbmclean_sj
01-24-2009, 09:26 PM
Mayock has him as a first rounder, hmmmm

I am Bane
01-24-2009, 09:45 PM
yeah, i see him as maybe the best defender out of USC... arguably obviously... what a motor, has great technique and instincts, very quick... he destroyed Oher (whom many love still for some reason)

justdev7
01-26-2009, 03:26 PM
Several mocks have us taking cushing, I think Mathews is actually a better fit for a 3-4 than cushing. Cushing to me looks like a solid 4-3 OLB, Mathews has more of a burst when rushing the passer, he's a beast

rev kev
01-26-2009, 11:06 PM
Mayock has him as a first rounder, hmmmm

The kiss of death... "bloodlines"

Oh and by the way Kiper.... Walter Payton's kid had great bloodlines too and he lasted one season as a RB in the CFL...