The Falcons closed out their 2011 draft class by taking South Carolina defensive end Cliff Matthews with their second seventh round pick (230th overall).
Matthews was a productive player at South Carolina, before injuries limited him as a junior and senior. He combined for 91 tackles, 18.5 tackles for loss, and 12.5 sacks the past year. He began his career as a top-rated prep prospect and linebacker. He has drawn some comparisons to a poor man’s John Abraham, who also hails from USC.
Matthews potentially can upgrade the Falcons pass rushing rotation and could press Lawrence Sidbury and Chauncey Davis immediately for duty.
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