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Meeting Challenges Nothing New For Matthews

Discussion in 'Official Packers.com News' started by News Bot, Apr 25, 2009.

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    Outside linebacker Clay Matthews did not take a traditional path to the NFL, going from a 205-pound walk-on at USC to a first-round pick that the Packers moved up 15 spots to select on Saturday with the No. 26 overall choice.

    Trading up in the draft has not been a traditional occurrence either during General Manager Ted Thompson's tenure in Green Bay, but the Packers sent their second-round pick (No. 41) and two third-round selections (Nos. 73 and 83) to the New England Patriots in order to acquire the 6-foot-3, 245-pound Matthews. Along with nose tackle B.J. Raji, it was the first time since 1993 (Wayne Simmons and George Teague) that the Packers selected two players in the first round.

    "Having a team move up to draft you really shows they have an interest in you and they want you on their team and they are looking forward to you making an impact," Matthews said. "I'm very much pleased to end up in Green Bay."

    Ending up with any team in the NFL was likely..

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