Post-Draft Outlook: A closer look at the Packers' picks: Round 1/26 -- Clay Matthews, LB, 6-3, 245, Southern California...As tickled as Ted Thompson was to have Raji slide to the Packers early in Round 1, the general manager eagerly wanted Matthews to fill another missing piece in the new defensive scheme. Hence, Thompson mortgaged the rest of Green Bay's first half of the draft -- a second-round pick (No. 41) and two third-round choices (Nos. 73 and 83) -- to go up to get the all-around playmaker that is Matthews. More than having strong NFL bloodlines, Matthews is a ready-made starter at right outside linebacker with his combination of tenacious run defense, unbridled pass rush off the edge and improving coverage skills. - by The Sports Xchange
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Draft Scout Clay Matthews News
05/24/16 - LB Clay Matthews lined up as an edge pass rusher Tuesday in the first open workout of organized team activities, which started a day earlier. That came as no surprise since head coach Mike McCarthy expressed at the end of last season to get the team's top defensive player back at his best position after Matthews spent considerable time at inside linebacker the last 1 1/2 seasons.
01/20/16 - MLB Clay Matthews will move back to his natural spot of outside linebacker, where he continued to wreak havoc in the defensive subpackages after being featured inside in the base scheme all season.
12/28/15 - LB Clay Matthews wasn't credited with a tackle on the game stats sheet Sunday for the second straight week. Afterward, Matthews had to address a few questions about a TV documentary released the same day by the Al Jazeera cable network that implicated Matthews and several other NFL players for using performance-enhancing drugs banned by the league.
"It's 100 percent fabricated, untrue," Matthews said.
12/13/15 - LB Clay Matthews broke a seven-game streak without a sack with a well-timed blitz between right guard and right tackle in the first play of the fourth quarter that forced a punt. "That was just a good call by (defensive coordinator) Dom (Capers) and the guys upstairs on what they saw," he said. "I thought we did a real good job of disguising it. Ultimately, I think that's why you saw me come scot-free. Yeah, just a good call and we were able to execute and get off the field on that third down. I'll take the layup any day of the week."
11/13/15 - LB Clay Matthews (ankle/knee) has been a limited participant in practice this week. The defensive star is expected to be OK for Sunday's game against the Lions.