Green Bay’s Selection of Clay Matthews Four Years in the Making


Published: April 26, 2009


... Ted Thompson actually moved up into the first round. It was only the second time he has ever traded up since becoming the Packers general manager.

To the surprise, and seemingly approval of most Packer fans, Thompson's moves on Day One give the team the opportunity to add two early impact players on defense.

It is all a result of the previous years of trading down and providing depth.

Looking at the recent swap with the Patriots, it seems the Packers gave up quite a bit. Just to move up 15 spots, Green Bay traded their second-round pick and both their third rounders to grab Clay Matthews.

When I first saw the details of the trade, I was horrified. But one thing that always keeps me calm is knowing Dom Capers is the draft room; if Capers thought it was worth getting Matthews, then that was good enough for me.

Of course, also consoling is the fact that the roster that Thompson has put together is filled with players from previous drafts: Pat Lee, Jor...

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