Packers’ Matthews Showing Early Signs of Promise

Posted: 7th October 2009 by Mark Strotman in NFL
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When the Packers traded up in the 2009 NFL Draft, it marked just the second time in general manager Ted ThompsonÆs tenure that they had done so.á The trade involved moving back into the first round in exchange for the PackersÆ only second round pick (41st overall) and both third round picks (73 and 83).á The Packers also received the PatriotsÆ fifth round pick (162).á There was a buzz over who the Packers had traded up for, with some believing it to be Florida State outside linebacker Everette Brown or potentially Rey Maualuga. It turned out that, in typical Ted Thompson fashion, the Packers went with the wild card pick by selecting Clay Matthews III, an outside linebacker from Southern California.á Weighing 240 pounds and sta ...

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