With the 26th pick in the 2009 NFL Draft...

Lance LeQueAnalyst IApril 26, 2009


The Green Bay Packers select: Clay Matthews, LB from USC.

Analysis: The Packers add a versatile outside linebacker to their 3-4. Matthews' multi-dimensional game serves as the perfect complement to Aaron Kampman. As a credible rushing threat with underrated cover skills, Matthews gives Dom Capers the ability to mix and match rush schemes. Though he only spent one season as a starter at USC, he has the potential to be a solid pro in the Packers' defense.

My Take: I'm not so thrilled with this pick. While Matthews should be a solid pro, I think the Packers could've drafted a better linebacker, with more experience. Rey Maualuga, also from USC, and James Laurinaitis from Ohio State have been successful linebackers for more than just a year.

I'm also not too happy that we traded our secoond and two third-round picks to get him and a fifth round pick. The Packers now don't pick until the fourth round, so they might regret giving up so much. Look for them to trade down in the fourth or fifth round.

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