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In 2011, no player captured LSU fan's hearts more than the Honey Badger, Tyrann Mathieu.
Mathieu had a stellar season and his effort was recognized: He won numerous awards like the Chuck Bednarik Award, which is given to the nation's best defensive player. At 5'9", 175 lbs., Mathieu is undersized for his position in the NFL. Also, his cover ability is not his strength and he can be exposed by taller wide receivers and tight ends.
Despite those two knocks, Mathieu more than makes up for it with exceptional awareness, tenacity and instincts. I'd even go as far to say Mathieu has perhaps the best field intuition I've ever seen in a college player. Mathieu has a knack for creating turnovers and is simply one of the best playmakers to ever put on an LSU jersey.
The Honey Badger is also an electrifying return specialist—as demonstrated by his performance against the Georgia Bulldogs in the 2011 SEC Championship.
My belief is that Mathieu would make a good, strong safety in the NFL, akin to Troy Polamalu. Just put him on the field and let him make plays—unless you don't like forced fumbles, interceptions and general havoc.
Will his skill set transition well to the NFL? Some lucky team is going to find out.