There’s no denying that football success runs in Casey Matthews’ family. His father, Clay, played 19 seasons in the NFL, his older brother, Clay III, won the Super Bowl with the Packers in February and his uncle, Bruce, is a Hall of Fame offensive lineman.
But Casey brings a good amount to the table on his own. The 6’1”, 231-pound inside linebacker from Oregon was a first-team All-Pac-10 selection in 2010 and an All-American honorable mention.
Matthews is said to have wonderful intangibles, and his head could help him make up for what he lacks in size and innate physical ability.
Matthews injured his shoulder doing the bench press at the scouting combine, and there will no doubt be some enduring concerns about that from teams and scouts.
Says Jeff Reynolds of The Sports Xchange, “Matthews' instincts were on display as he helped keep Auburn quarterback Cam Newton in check during the national title game, and he projects as a solid and heady interior linebacker. However, he's not the caliber athlete his brother is, and a lingering shoulder injury that knocked him out of the combine will warrant significant medical checks.”