At the NFL Scouting Combine, things didn’t go as planned for Oregon ILB, Casey Matthews. Before even stepping foot on the turf, he injured his shoulder, lifting 225-pounds in the bench press test. According to Steve Wyche of NFL.com, Matthews said that it was an freak accident, and the injury occurred during the 14th rep.
Now, Matthews will have to rely on Oregon’s Pro Day on March 10th, to show NFL Scouts and Coaches his talents. The injury was not serious, but he did disclose that he suffered an injury to the same shoulder during his Freshman year.
Matthews is considered one of the best Inside Linebackers in a weak class. He is a defensive playmaker that shows up when his team needs him most. One of his better performances came in the National Championship game against the Auburn Tigers. Matthews secured 6 tackles, and forced a timely fumble on Quarterback, Cam Newton.
Matthews older brother, Clay, plays for the Super Bowl Champion Green Bay Packers. Many tend to compare the two, but Casey isn’t quite the athlete his brother is. Yet, he still has a lot to offer an NFL team, and it seems as if those sentiments were voiced at the Combine.
"“A lot of people have come up to me and said, ‘We missed on your brother. We hope we get you.’ Whatever happens on draft day, I’ll be happy."
In order to capitalize on the efforts of his senior season, and the success of his bloodlines, he will need to have a good showing at his Pro Day. If he does so, he may very well come off the board in the 2nd or 3rd round — higher than many predicated prior to the beginning of the NCAA season.