Tyrann Mathieu, the LSU defensive back who starred for the Tigers in 2011 before drugs derailed his college career this year, has declared for the 2013 NFL Draft.
The good news: He’s a playmaker. Whether it’s on special teams or in the secondary, Mathieu has a knack for making big plays. You know how Baltimore’s Ed Reed is always around the ball and in the middle of game-changing moments? That’s what Mathieu was doing in 2011.
The bad news: He’s 5-foot-9, which is short for a starting cornerback. Could he play safety? At just 180 pounds? Is he more of a slot corner? Those don’t get drafted early. Also, the drugs. Arrests. Can he stay out of handcuffs for the next five months? Will his pee be clean at the combine?
I’d say the range on Mathieu is anywhere from the 3rd round to undrafted. The Patriots need to improve their secondary. They’ll, as usual, have a dozen draft picks. Bill Belichick thinks he can reform anyone. Do the Pats take a chance on him in the 3rd round?
The last football game Mathieu played was in January, 2012. By the time the draft rolls around, Mathieu will have played one football game in about 16 1/2 months.
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