Rookie Matthews Showing Promise : Packers Insider

Rookie Matthews Showing Promise

October 9, 2009 by  
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By Mark Strotman, Green Bay Examiner
Oct. 8th, 2009

When the Packers traded up in the 2009 NFL Draft, it marked just the second time in general manager Ted Thompson’s tenure that they had done so.  The trade involved moving back into the first round in exchange for the Packers’ only second round pick (41st overall) and both third round picks (73 and 83).  The Packers also received the Patriots’ fifth round pick (162).  There was a buzz over who the Packers had traded up for, with some believing it to be Florida State outside linebacker Everette Brown or potentially Rey Maualuga.    

Rookie Clay Matthews celebrates his TD fumble return after stripping the ball away from All Pro Adrian Peterson

Rookie Clay Matthews celebrates his TD fumble return after stripping the ball away from All Pro Adrian Peterson

 

It turned out that, in typical Ted Thompson fashion, the Packers went with the wild card pick by selecting Clay Matthews III, an outside linebacker from Southern California.  Weighing 240 pounds and standing six feet-three inches tall, Matthews was the perfect fit for the Packers’ new 3-4 scheme under Dom Capers.

One rumor said that Thompson and Capers liked Matthews enough that they considered taking him with the ninth overall pick, instead opting to go with Boston College defensive tackle B.J. Raji.  When the Packers moved back into the first round, it was an easy decision for management in taking Matthews.

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