Casey Matthews can't seem to shake the comparisons to his brother, Clay, but if he can create his own legacy then maybe all of those comparisons will just disappear.
He is projected to go in the late second to third rounds. Unlike his brother, Casey will enter the draft as a ILB and has incredible ball instincts. It seems like a lot of those instincts can be shown in one play, when he forced a fumble by knocking the ball out of Cam Newton's arm from behind. This gave Oregon an opportunity to tie and take it into overtime in the National Championship, so clutch may be an understatement. He lacks some fundamentals, but his knack for the ball whether it be on INTs or forced fumbles is special and definitely NFL noteworthy.
Projected Impact Teams
Ravens—Ray Lewis isn't getting any younger and the Ravens need to find someone to replace him sooner rather than later and Matthews is a great candidate. With the Ravens stout defense, everyone makes an impact eventually throughout the year. Who's to say Matthews will be any different?
Lions—There is a good chance the Lions will look to improve their secondary in the first round, but a move to put someone as talented as Casey as the starting ILB behind Ndamukong could give the Lions one of the best young defenses in the league. Plus, a Clay vs. Casey matchup would definitely be something worth watching for years to come.
Redskins—The Skins defense in the middle isn't incredibly impressive with Rocky McIntosh who is just serviceable and London Fletcher who turns 35 in May. This is the perfect time for them to put someone next to Orakpo to free him up a little on pass rush situations.