7. Derrick Mathews, LB, Houston
6-1, 207 pounds
2012 season: 126 tackles, 6 sacks, 21 TFL, 2 FF, 5 pass breakups
Mathews will be moving from weak side linebacker to middle linebacker this season for Houston, which should help his draft stock tremendously. Mathews has bulked up to 207 pounds but still maintains his great speed and agility. Mathews is a pure tackling machine and should have a better opportunity to make plays in the passing game.