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
08/20/16 - OLB Clay Matthews was a healthy scratch Thursday for the second straight preseason game. Converted defensive end Datone Jones made the start against the Raiders.
08/14/16 - OLB Clay Matthews returned to the field Sunday. The defensive leader didn't play the first preseason game Friday after he sustained an ankle injury in practice last week.
08/11/16 - OLB Clay Matthews was held out of practice Wednesday because of an ankle injury. Since it was the Packers' last open practice of the week, the defensive standout would seem unlikely to play the team's first preseason game Friday night against the Cleveland Browns. That would leave Nick Perry and Julius Peppers as the probable starting combination on the outside after the 36-year-old Peppers has been getting limited reps in practice since training camp started.
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.