I know most Colts fans are hoping for a Safety with today's pick, and I know that LB is not really an area of need, but why not go after Casey Matthews today? There's a Very good chance he'll be there when the Colts pick in the 4th round. We know what a monster his older brother is, and he looked GREAT in the National Championship game. I can see him being an absolute BEAST on Special Teams.
Here's Analysis from Mocking The Draft:
6'0, 231 pounds | Linebacker | Oregon
Final Word: Matthews is a good looking prospect that will make plays in the NFL. He has really good instincts and the tenacity necessary to contribute. Matthews is always round the football and looking to create a turnover. He possesses enough athletic ability to cover sideline to sideline. His 2nd gear and short area burst allow him to close on the ball carrier. He doesn't have his brothers pass rushing ability but he knows how to create pressure. Matthews is a good blitzer with excellent timing and savvy.
I have some concerns about Matthew's ability to keep clean while he flows to the football. His limited size and strength makes it tough for him to disengage. As he flows to the ball, offensive linemen were able to get a hand on him and impede his progress. He is going to need the help of a big defensive line to keep him clean as he works to the ball. Matthews looks to avoid the offensive line rather than getting his hands out and attacking the line.
Overall, Matthews looks like a mid round prospect with some upside. He could be a fit as a middle linebacker in 3-4 scheme as long as there are defensive lineman capable of keeping him clean and free to flow.
Go Get Him! Draft a Safety in the 6th.