Saturday, April 25, 2009

Thompson Trades His First-Born for Matthews

Well, maybe not that much but Ted Thompson really sure did give up a lot to trade with the Patriots for the 26th pick. I'm sure I'm not the only one that was floored by the fact Ted Thompson traded up for once, and I know that I'm not the only one that was initially concerned with how many picks we gave up to get there. But the fact of the matter is the Packers defense just continues to get better, as Thompson selects Clay Matthews, a linebacker out of USC. 

When they traded up, I figured they'd stay on the defensive side, but I was thinking maybe Everett Brown or Matthews' teammate Rey Maualuga, so I admit I was at first a little surprised with the Matthews pick. After further review, I don't think there's really any debating that this was a good pick, the only unfortunate thing about it is what we gave up to get him.

Unless they trade again, the Packers won't be picking until sometime Sunday afternoon. Green Bay gives up their 2nd round pick (#41), and both of their third-rounders (#73 and #83), but in turns brings in a 5th rounder (#162). You may hesitate at first because of how many picks we gave up, but I think these videos of Clay Matthews will change your mind.

Judging by these videos, Matthews appears to be an absolute wrecking ball. He'll bring an attitude and fierceness to the Packers defense that will be quite welcomed. With today's additions, the Packers defense could clearly compete to be one of the top in the league. I'm not sure how the personnel moves will all play out, but there's no question the Packers have a good amount of depth on defense. I don't really see Kampman being moved back to the defensive line, so perhaps Brady Poppinga is the odd man out. Or there's the small possibility Kampman gets traded out because of the system. I have no idea how this will shake out, but I know the Packers are better because of it.

And if the name Clay Matthews is a bit familiar to you, it should be. Matthew's father, also named Clay Matthews, was a longtime linebacker of the Browns and the Falcons. His uncle Bruce was a longtime offensive lineman for the Houston Oilers.

We may have given up one third rounder too many, but we definitely got a quality player here.


Bear said...

brady is the odd man out at least initially.

Odd thing, a newer, updated version of the point value system says the Packers actually came out ahead. Now most teams use several versions to evaluate, but I don't think the Packers gave up as much as it seemed, especially when you see the guys that were taken in the genereal area of the picks they would have had.

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