Clay Matthews OLB, USC
What do the Texans do at #15? They have needs at SLB, DT, C, RB and CB for depth. There really isn't a DT worth the pick and they still have a prospect there with Okam. It's a bit of a reach to go with a C here and they can get a later round RB to tandem with Slaton. A fourth CB isn't something to prioritize in the 1st round. So I am focusing on SLB.
Ideally I would trade down a few spots and save some $ on Matthews, Jr. but I think they just reach for him at #15. I would have taken Cushing at #15, but that's not a relevant issue in this exercise. Matthews has the bloodline, coach-a-bility and work ethic. His Uncle is a coach for the team. All signs that point to Clay Matthews.
Positives: Matthew's best asset is a motor that simply never stops. He's strong, ultra-competitive and makes plays all over the field. He's got good instincts and has a great football IQ. He makes plays in pursuit, is a plus blitzer and has a knack for coming up with the big play. His work ethic and effort are second to none and contagious to his team mates.
Negatives: He's not the greatest athlete and possesses just average size and speed. He often relies too much on his speed rush around the end and can be neutralized when a blocker latches on. He hasn't had a ton of experience dropping back in coverage and has looked stiff at times when he tries. Some wonder if the lack of athleticism will catch up to him at the next level.
Overall: Matthews has been a classic overachiever and his work ethic and desire will ensure that he contributes in some capacity early on in his career. He'll have to get stronger and get better in coverage before he's a starter but he should be able to contribute immediately as a situational pass rusher and special teams terror. He may not be the total package but coaches will love this kid.