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Eagles Gab 2011 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report – LB Casey Matthews


By Jeremy Fuchs

CASEY MATTHEWS, ILB, OREGON

Triangle Numbers: 6-2, 235, 4.85

Scouting Reports:

Draft Countdown:

Strengths:
• Adequate height and bulk with a very sturdy build
• Above average athleticism and agility with a burst
• Outstanding football IQ, instincts and awareness
• Dependable tackler who will also deliver the bit hit
• Strong, physical and steps up to fill versus the run
• Displays a knack for rushing the passer and blitzing
• Fluid hips and more than holds his own in coverage
• Active with non-stop motor and tenacious in pursuit
• Competitive and hard working w/ amazing bloodlines
• Very productive with a lot of high-quality experience

Weaknesses:
• Not real explosive w/ average speed and quickness
• Is too aggressive and gets out of control at times
• Some trouble disengaging and getting off of blocks
• Poor hands and ball skills and is not a playmaker
• A self-made player who is a bit of an overachiever

Sideline Scouting:

Positives: Great NFL bloodlines, brother of Green Bay standout linebacker Clay Matthews… Solid production in four years at Oregon (245 tackles, four interceptions, eight sacks)… Semifinalist for Butkus Award and Lott Trophy in 2010.

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One Response to “Eagles Gab 2011 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report – LB Casey Matthews”

  1. Leffty says:

    I disagree with this pick. Offenive Line, not Linebacker, is actually the Eagles’ biggest need in the draft because of the type of QB Vick is. For a running quarterback like Mike Vick, you often don’t notice when pass protection breaks down because he can evade tacklers—but you still want that pocket to stay nice and firm for Vick to survey the field in. Even if Vick can keep the sacks numbers low, that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of times that plays break down and go for many fewer yards because of bad pass protection. Colorado’s OT Nate Solder should be a good fit at #23 because of his 40 time and projected ability to block for the league’s fastest QB. Check it out:

    http://bit.ly/k4qJ0h

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