Wow. I never saw it coming. I expected Thompson to stick with his guy, LB Brady Poppinga just got a 5 year contract extension, before he would draft a guy like Matthews. I expect he'll start at outside linebacker and will be expected to provide a pass rush immediately. Still, I have some concern about taking a former walk on with a 1st round pick. But Thompson went to USC's Pro Day earlier this month and saw first hand something special. I'm surprised Matthews went ahead of USC LB Ray Maualuga. Here's what I wrote when Thompson went to the USC Pro Day.
LB Clay Matthews. Quite the late bloomer; he was under 170 lbs. when he started his college career and now he's almost 250. He didn't play much until his senior season, probably because he wasn't finished growing, but he's got NFL talent. And his father (LB Clay Matthews) was a great NFL player. His uncle (OL Bruce Matthews) was one of the best players in NFL history.
Greg Bedard says it cost them their 2nd round pick and both 3rd round picks to trade up into the 1st round for Matthews. That has soured me on this move. Giving up three good picks for a linebacker I'm not sure is much better than Poppinga. I really hope I'm wrong about Matthews.