Tyrann Mathieu looks to be the ace in Cards’ camp
Tyrann Mathieu, former LSU outcast, drafted in the 3rd round (69th overall), is proving to be a steal in the 2013 NFL draft. The Cardinals decided to take a risk on the defensive talent after 11 cornerbacks had been selected before him.
Mathieu has all the physicality that a football player needs, and has demonstrated it throughout his college career as well as in Cardinals training camp. This is believable, however, it’s the mental development within the NFL game, transitioning from college to the pros that is leaving scouts and coaches in complete awe.
The 5’8″, 192 lb big play maker was given the nickname ‘honey badger’, I assume because, well, ‘honey badger don’t care, honey badger don’t give a ____, he just takes what he wants.’ He’ll break up passes, return kicks for TD’s, force fumbles, deliver pick six’s into pay dirt territory, and drive the opposing quarterback into the ground. That was the Mathieu at LSU, but the Mathieu at the NFL level will have no part of the nickname and will be referred to as Tyrann Mathieu.
Now, to further entice you as to what’s dropping jaws at Cards’ camp, understand that this young man is truly a diamond in the rough. So far in Arizona’s training camp, Mathieu has learned three different positions for three personnel packages. He has played corner, nickel corner, and safety in base, nickel and dime personnel packages. Not only does he know all of these roles, but he’s making big plays within every one of them.
One scout reported that Mathieu was, “pound-for-pound the best player on the field.” Cards’ assistant coach backs this up stating that “No. 32 was going to change the team.”
This man was drafted in the 3rd round? Why did 11 corners go before him in the draft? His stock dropped at the Combine with some trouble he got into at LSU, failing numerous drug tests, resulting in missing some games due to suspension. He was even arrested for possession of marijuana, thus becoming an LSU outcast despite his big play-making ability.
The Cardinals understand his history and are rolling the dice in hopes that Mathieu can stay clean and further improve his beyond belief physical and mental understanding of the game which will indeed leave other GM’s playing the what-if game looking back to the draft. As of right now, I’d put 50 on box cars every time with this remarkable young talent.
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