Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Will Tyrann Mathieu play in the NFL?

His nickname was the Honey Badger. He was a Heisman finalist. He had fame and future fortune. But, due to a substance abuse scandal, LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu was kicked off his college team. Now, he is practicing at the Senior Bowl for a second chance in football.

The Packers are not know to have even looked at Mathieu. However, that doesn't mean that other teams haven't. There are rumors that the Jets are interested in him, which would make sense. Darrelle Revis gets hurt whenever he plays, and is getting old either way.

Mathieu won't be playing in the Senior Bowl, but is still there trying to make some friends. If Mathieu is signed, it will likely be just a one-year deal worth a small amount of money. He is past his chance to get rich.

In 2011, Mathieu had five forced fumbles, 2 interceptions, 71 tackles, and 1.5 sacks. These numbers will definitely draw some interest from scouts, but will it be enough?

1 comment:

Brandon said...

He will be one of the most talked about prospects, but I think he'll go undrafted. The NFL hasn't passed on all players with a checkered past, but Mathieu might not be much of a prospect anyway. CBSSports.com says he's 5-9, 178 lbs. and runs a 4.54 40. That's not official until the NFL combine, but that's small for an NFL corner. Also, 4.54 is pretty slow for a guy his size. The Eagles drafted Brandon Boykin in the 4th round last year, who's a similarly undersized corner, but his 40 time was better and he didn't come with all that baggage.