Alfie's Player Ranking 96 out of 100
Projected Round: 3
Today continues my countdown to the Top 100 draftable players of the 2011 NFL Draft. We move on to my 96th ranked player, Oregon linebacker Casey Matthews.
PROS: Great NFL bloodlines. Hard worker who plays with a non-stop motor. Takes good angles in pursuit and shows good closing speed. Coverage skills are adequate. Has experience working through the trash because of Oregon's funky 3-3-5 defense. Shows great instincts and anticipation for the middle linebacker position.
CONS: Will get over drafted because of his brother, Clay Matthews of the Green Bay Packers. A good player in his own right, but he's not his brother. Overall speed is average and will limit him to playing on the inside in the NFL. Can get blocked out of plays, especially runs to the outside. Has a lot of experience blitzing and gets to the quarterback, but can also be single blocked by backs. Plays out of control some times and will get caught by play fakes and misdirection.