2011 Denver Broncos Draft Cameos: Casey Matthews

Linebacker - Casey Matthews, Oregon

Height:  6'0"
Weight:  232
40yd:  4.70

Interest Level:

Private Workout:  Yes
Private Visit to Team Facility:  Yes
Attended Proday:  No
Other: -

Quick Take:

Active, hustle player with a nose for the ball and relentless downhill pursuit.  Uses his hands well and as a result stacks and sheds very well.  Can leave a block laterally with ease when pursuing a play.  Fills gaps well, likes to meet the runner in the hole and does an above average job of finding the ball carrier.  Stays with backs on the perimeter and takes smart angles to help prevent plays outside.  Solid tackler who does a good job of playing in space.  At his best when allowed to get dirty around the line of scrimmage.  Not a flow-type player who has tackles funneled to him, needs to be rushing the line from the middle.  Solid zone and man coverage, decent ability to stick his foot and get back to the ball once its thrown.  Stays clean in traffic.

Where He Goes in the Draft:

Bottom of the 4th round.

What is Denver's Interest In Him?

High.

Matthews didn't complete his combine workouts due to a shoulder injury during the benchpress, but Denver took the time to visit him at Oregon and then bring him to Dove Valley to get a better look.  With no pick in the fourth, Denver doesn't have the ammo needed to get this kid, so keep him in mind if they end up trading back into round 4.

Round
Position, Name


CB Patrick Peterson


DT Marcell Dareus


QB Blaine Gabbert

Top OLB/DE Von Miller
1
DE Robert Quinn


DT Nick Fairley


QB Cam Newton

Middle OT Nate Solder
OT Anthony Costanzo
DE Da'Quan Bowers
DE Aldon Smith

Bottom DT/NT Phil Taylor
DE Adrian Clayborn
OG/C Danny Watkins
OLB Akeem Ayers

Top

QB Jake Locker
QB Christian Ponder
DE Jabaal Sheard
QB Ryan Mallett
CB Brandon Harris
QB Andy Dalton

2 Middle RB Mikel LeShoure
OLB Bruce Carter
ILB Quan Sturdivant

Bottom OT Ben Ijalana
RB Daniel Thomas
DE Allen Bailey
DT Marvin Austin

Top QB Colin Kaepernick
LB Dontay Moch
3 Middle WR Greg Little
FS Quinton Carter

Bottom RB DeMarco Murray
WR Edmund Gates
RB Kendall Hunter
DT Kenrick Ellis
SS Jaiquawn Jarrett

Top RB Allen Bradford
4 Middle CB DeMarcus Van Dyke
TE DJ Williams

Bottom CB Kendric Burney
LB Casey Matthews
5 Top

Bottom
6

7

[Note:  All players in the table are ranked by overall grade within their round grouping, however, the round groupings are based on where this player will likely be drafted based on where teams are currently selecting in the draft.  Therefore a player is ranked within a group by his level of ability, but players in nearby groupings may have higher or lower actual grades, despite being in a different group.  Confusing enough for you? --Styg]

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