New York Giants: Should the Giants Draft Tyrann Mathieu?

Nick KrapfContributor IIIDecember 4, 2012

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 09:  Tyrann Mathieu #7 of the Louisiana State University Tigers reacts after breaking up a play against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the 2012 Allstate BCS National Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 9, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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When former LSU defensive back Tyrann Mathieu announced Thursday that he was entering the 2013 NFL Draft, I immediately thought of a handful of teams that could use his services.

One team that came to mind was the New York Giants.

For the last two years, the New York Giants’ secondary has been burned time and time again. Last year, it was ranked 29th in opponents' passing yards. This year, they are currently ranked 22nd in the league. Even though they've improved from last year, the secondary is still the Achilles heel of the Giants.

Corey Webster’s play has declined, while Prince Amukamara has been very inconsistent. Injuries have also plagued the Giants’ secondary. Kenny Phillips has been battling a sprained MCL, while Terrell Thomas has had two separate ACL injuries in the last two years.

However, Antrel Rolle and Stevie Brown have been bright spots for the secondary. Rolle has been impressive playing safety and some nickel corner for Big Blue, while Stevie Brown has surprised everyone by being a ball-hawking safety who comes up with the big turnover when the Giants need it most.

With the contracts of Brown and Phillips, as well as corner Justin Tryon, expiring at the end of the year (via spotrac), it will be interesting to see who is kept and who is dumped.

That brings us to the NFL Draft.

Personally, I think the Giants will be focusing on drafting players on the defensive side of the ball.

With that said, why not take a chance and roll the dice on Mathieu, if he's available in the fourth round or later?

I say fourth round or later because the Giants have other areas that they should address (linebacker and defensive end) and more talented defensive backs that they should focus on.

Before all of his problems, which include dismissal from the LSU football team for violating team rules and arrest for possession of marijuana, the 20-year-old LSU standout was a Heisman Trophy finalist. He was also one of the most dangerous punt returners in all of college football, and punt return is an area where the Giants need to improve.

Veterans like Corey Webster, Stevie Brown and Antrel Rolle could help Mathieu get back to playing shape and make sure he stays out of trouble.

Tom Coughlin can also be a huge help in making sure Mathieu stays out of trouble. Coughlin is known as a no-nonsense coach both on and off the field. We’ve seen strict rules and regulations throughout his tenure in New York. He’s also been in arguments with players on the field, most recently Ahmad Bradshaw.

His coaching technique works. He has two Super Bowl rings.

With Coughlin’s rules and regulations in place and the veterans watching over him, Mathieu should have no problem staying out of trouble.

If the nightlife of New York City gets to him, the Giants will have no problem releasing him when the season is over. Just ask Plaxico Burress.

So yes, if I were Giants management, I would take a hard look at “Honey Badger” Tyrann Mathieu.

However, only take him if he is available in the fourth round or later. There are bigger needs and better players to take in the first three rounds.