I would like to talk about the draft today. The player I want to talk about is Casey Matthews. Casey Matthews is son of Clay Matthews Jr, who spent 19 seasons in the NFL. Casey is the brother of Packers inside linebacker Clay Matthews. Casey is an inside linebacker.
Casey stands 6 ft 2 and weighs 235 lb. Let’s take a look at some of his stats. As a junior in high school he recorded 132 tackles, four sacks. As a senior he recorded 158 tackles, ten sacks and two interceptions. His high school football team that year went 15-0 were Division III champions and were ranked by the USA Today as the sixth ranked team. As both a junior and a senior he was defensive player of the year, all- Tri valley league player and all county league players. According to "SuperPrep ranked him among the top-ten linebackers in the state of California and Scout.com ranked him in the top-25 in the nation".
Casey went to the University of Oregon. As true freshman in 2007, He played in 11 contests while only starting one game. In the 11 games he racked up 18 tackles of those 18, 11 where solo. He suffered a shoulder injury and did not play for the rest of the season. In 2008 he played 13 games, in those 13 games we recorded 67 tackles, 13 of them were for a loss and two sacks.
In 2009 he recorded 81 tackles for second on his team. He was the Pac-10’s second-team all-conference pick. Lead the team in stops for its first two games. In a game vs. Purdue he recorded 12 tackles, 7 of them were made by him alone.
He was the teams sixth leading tackler and third in tackles for a loss. Those 13 tackles counted for 44 yards for a loss. College Football News wrote about him "fundamentally sound, he diagnoses plays well and has a knack for filling the proper lane, a couple of keys to being a successful inside linebacker". In his final game against Auburn. He forced a fumble from Cam Newton which led to the game-tying score.
"Butkus Award, Lott Trophy and Lombardi Award • Preseason third-team All-American selection by Rivals.com • Preseason All-Pac-10 second team according to Phil Steele Publications • Made the team’s biggest advance in the vertical jump during winter workouts, posting a 5.5-inch improvement to pace all linebackers with a best of 33 inches" from the University of Oregon website.
This guy is beast plain and simple. Our inside linebackers are good but none stand out. I think he could help a lot because a good linebacker like him could help our defense. Well guys, I would like you to help by telling more about this guy. I did not have the time to see games. What do you think of him? Do we have any chance of drafting him? Would you like him on our team?
Thanks and go Bucs.