The Clay Matthews Effect: The Search for the Walk-On

Posted: 27th December 2009 by Mike Klamecki in NFL
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Could the success that Clay Matthews has had in the NFL change the way pro scouts rate future prospects? Clay Matthews was a walk-on at USC. Although he was given few opportunities to showcase his talents, even up to his senior year, he made the most of what he was given. Clay had to work continually to improve his game in order to be given any chance of starting. This opportunity to start didn't come until well into his senior year. Clay didn't think that this was the end, but just the beginning. Most players at colleges like USC are scouted early in their high school years. They often come onto campus with the mindset that they have already won. They received what they had worked for, a free-ride. Clay was different, as is every other walk-on college athlete. Walk-on players believe that ...

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