The Green Bay Packers made a very smart move in the 2009 NFL draft taking LB Clay Matthews, who turned into one of the best defensive players in the NFL. If they hadn't selected him with the 26th pick, the Pittsburgh Steelers may have.
"I did have some talks with Tomlin and the Steelers coaching staff [before the draft]," Matthews said on Tuesday.
He was speaking to reporters at the 2011 Super Bowl Media Day and said the Steelers expressed some interest. Pittsburgh held the 32nd overall pick in that draft and selected DT Evander Hood.
But imagine a lineup that included James Harrison, James Farrior, LaMarr Woodley and Clay Matthews. Throughout Super Bowl week both Steelers and Packers offensive players have talked about the matchup problems the opposing defenses create.
Luckily for Green Bay, they -- and not the Steelers -- drafted their matchup nightmare in 2009.