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Casey Matthews (LB)
  • Height:
    6'1"
  • Weight:
    231 lbs.
  • Arm Length:
    31 1/2 in.
  • Hand Size:
    8 1/2 in.
  • College:
    Oregon
  • Conference:
    Pac-12
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Selected by: Philadelphia Eagles
Round: 4
Pick (Overall): 19 (116)

Pick Analysis: The Eagles nab an instinctive middle linebacker with the selection of Matthews. He has an outstanding feel for the game and finds a way to get to the ball. His vision, instincts and production will make it hard to keep him out of the lineup.
Combine Stats
  • 40 Yard Dash- -
  • Bench Press13.0 reps
  • Vertical Jump- -
  • Broad Jump- -
  • 3 Cone Drill- -
  • 20 Yard Shuttle- -
  • 60 Yard Shuttle- -
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Overview

Matthews is the latest in a family of guys who play the game the right way. While he lacks some size and speed, he is a smart, relentless, highly-productive player who will provide solid depth and special teams value while developing into a starter. Overcomes lacks of power by reading and reacting quicker than most linebackers. Does a great job of slipping blocks inside the box and is a sure tackler but does not have true sideline-to-sideline range and may struggle when caught in a phone booth. Better suited for zone coverage with his great awareness than man. Matthews could sneak into Day 2.


Strengths

Matthews possesses very impressive instincts. Diagnoses and finds the football quickly. Not fooled by misdirection or play fakes. Works tirelessly to shed blockers and isn't afraid of contact. Excels at shifting through the trash in the box and has good range. Sound tackler. Displays good awareness in coverage. Intelligent blitzer. Outstanding work ethic.

Weaknesses

Lacks size and strength for the NFL. May have a more difficult time taking on bigger blockers at the next level. Has good range but not a true sideline-to-sideline guy. Not a good matchup against speedy running backs and tight ends in man coverage. Doesn't bring top explosiveness or power as a pass rusher.

Grade

5.6

 

Video Playlist

  1. Eagles take Casey Matthews No. 116

    Published: April 30, 2011 at 01:29 p.m.

    The Philadelphia Eagles select Oregon LB Casey Matthews with the 116th overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.

  2. 2011 Draft Profile - LB Casey Matthews, Oregon

    Published: April 8, 2011 at 12:46 p.m.

    A look at draft prospect Oregon linebacker Casey Matthews.

  3. First Draft: Casey Matthews

    Published: March 30, 2011 at 03:20 p.m.

    Casey Matthews looks to continue his family's NFL lineage. Find out from the Oregon LB what drives him in his First Draft.

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