Re: Honey Badger
posted at 3/15/2013 6:33 AM EDT
Mathieu’s size has been questioned throughout his entire career and his official measurements at the Combine show that he comes in at 5-foot-9 and weighing just 186 pounds, relatively small for an NFL defensive back.
Mathieu’s size, or lack thereof, would hinder him from playing on the outside against more physical receivers, leading many to believe that he is better suited as a third corner in a nickel scheme or as a safety to provide help over the top.
In addition to issues about his size, Mathieu’s strength also came into question after he only tallied four reps on the bench press. Mathieu’s four reps were tired for the lowest total at the Combine for a defensive back (Demetrius McCray, Appalachian State). The next lowest total was eight from Oregon State’s Jordan Poyer and the most was 28 from Syracuse’s Shamarko Thomas.
Mathieu's broad jump and vertical jump came in at 9-feet, 9-inches and 34 inches respectively. Both numbers were underwhelming, especially considering his size.
The biggest positive from Mathieu’s combine came in the 40-yard-dash, where he ran an unofficial 4.43 which was revealed to actually be a 4.50 when the times were made official later in the day. Mathieu ranked 19th among defensive backs.
The fastest time belonged to Mississippi State’s Darius Slay at 4.36.
Mathieu addressed his off the field issues earlier in the week, stating that he is over his drug use and is fully committed to football.
"I've been to rehab. I've been to counseling. I have a sponsor," he said to USA Today on Sunday. "I'm surrounding myself with people who want to do what I want to do, which is be a football player. To go back down that road? Not a chance in this world. Not a chance in this lifetime. I've got to be the best person that Tyrann can be."
Coming into the season Mathieu was viewed as an early round prospect, but following his myriad issues the defensive back had slipped into the latter portions of the draft.
Mathieu’s speed and ability to make plays both defensively and on special teams should make him a tantalizing prospect for teams in the third or fourth round, as long as they are willing to deal with the potential baggage he may bring.
The Jets, who have a hole at the safety position, could be a potential landing spot for Mathieu.
Read more: LSU’s Tyrann Mathieu has mixed results at Combine http://www.nypost.com/p/blogs/nflblitz/lsu_mathieu_has_mixed_combine_uJBE7uxjKNBe2j0f8K8N4O#ixzz2NbT6ddDJ