Draft prospect: Matt Roth

As the NFL Draft nears, Packer Report will review college prospects that some draft experts feel the Green Bay Packers will select. Today, we look at University of Iowa defensive end Matt Roth, a pass rusher who can complement Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila.<p>

Green Bay had trouble getting to the quarterback last season. Though Gbaja-Biamila tied his personal best with 13.5 sacks, opposing quarterbacks finished with a 99.1 rating against Green Bay, the highest figure a Packers team has ever allowed. Many feel the Packers will use their first-round selection on a defensive lineman such as Roth, if he is available. Green Bay has the 24th pick in the first round.

Here is more information on Roth from Scout.com:

Ht: 6-3.5

Wt: 278

40 time: 4.81

Year: 4Sr

Bio: Former linebacker who totaled 30 sacks and 43 tackles for a loss. As a senior he had eight sacks, 15 tackles for a loss and three forced fumbles. All-Conference choice the past two years.

Positives: Intense and tenacious defender who plays with a great motor. Explodes off the snap with a great first step, plays with excellent leverage and works his hands to stay off blocks. Displays top body control, quickly changes direction or alters his angle of attack. Holds his ground against bigger linemen and rarely off his feet. Displays good footwork getting through the trash laterally, and possesses excellent range for a defensive lineman. Makes plays in pursuit and consistently flying around the action.

Negatives: At times easily ridden from his angle of attack by bigger linemen. Does not always play under control, over-pursues the action and takes himself out of the play.

Analysis: A fiery prospect who plays with a warrior's mentality, Roth's game is characterized by great intellect and tenacity. An excellent pass rusher who makes a lot of plays behind the line of scrimmage, he is also effective against the run and in time should develop into a complete defensive lineman on the right side.

Roth quotes from the 2005 Senior Bowl:

On making the jump to the NFL:

"It is the next level. It is a lot of game preparation, because everyone is a great athlete. You have to get the mental edge, that is the biggest part."

On if teams have looked at him as a linebacker:

"I am looking at a straight defensive end. I haven't had anyone ask me to do anything else. I am just doing what I do best, rushing the passer."

Up next: On Monday, Packer Report will take a closer look at University of Florida linebacker Channing Crowder.

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