In the last four years, no South Carolina football player started more games than Cliff Matthews. The defensive end from Cheraw started 47 games, amassing 149 tackles, 15.5 sacks and 26 tackles-for-loss, but Matthews is moving on to the next stage of his career – the NFL. Matthews will provide GoGamecocks with a diary of his experiences between now and April 28, when the NFL Draft begins in New York.
Matthews is in Indianapolis this weekend at the NFL Combine along with more than 300 other prospective NFL players. The combine includes meetings with pro teams, meetings with the media, cognitive testing and physical drills. On Sunday morning, Matthews took the dreaded Wonderlic test, a 12-minute test used to measure cognitive ability.
It was more of a brain teaser. It was either/or questions that you had to think about. I did fairly well. It was a mixture of a little bit of everything. It had some math, some literature, but it was just a bunch of brain teasers to me.
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They have everything planned out perfectly here. They have a good schedule. They know what they want to do and when they want to do it. They have people helping us to get where we need to go. It is organized real well. Everything has been real good so far.
I do my bench press (Sunday) at 3 p.m. I’m going to do the best I can do. The interviews with teams have been pretty good. They have been asking about a little bit of everything. I am just being honest and being myself. I don’t have anything to hide. I was prepared for anything.
I have been hanging out with Bruce Miller from Central Florida. He’s a d-lineman also. Me and him have been hanging out, getting to know each other pretty good. It’s a fairly busy day, but you get a little bit of free time. (On Monday) I have the vertical, the shuttle, the 40, the L cone. We also have position drills, which I am doing d-line and linebacker drills.