Despite missing an entire season of college football, cornerback prospect Tyrann Mathieu, otherwise known as "Honey Badger," is oozing with confidence.
According to MLive.com's Justin Rogers, Mathieu feels he can not only hold his own on the outside at the next level, but even deliver against the best wide receiver in the game today, the Detroit Lions' record-breaking star, Calvin Johnson:
I feel like if I was to check somebody like a Calvin Johnson, he'll make his plays, but I'm definitely going to get mine, too. He's going to catch his five balls, but I'm going to get my two turnovers, so we'll be even.
Mathieu had a solid performance at the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine on Tuesday, running the 40-yard dash in a time of 4.5 seconds and showing off his soft hands in many of the drills and workouts.
But while Mathieu looked like an NFL-caliber corner in Indianapolis, I'm certain Johnson is faster, stronger and more sure-handed. The 6'5" superstar has nearly a foot advantage on Mathieu and outweighs him considerably.
Plus, Johnson is coming off the best season of any NFL receiver in history. He caught 122 balls for 1,964 yards and five touchdowns in 2012, shattering Jerry Rice's previous record for most receiving yards in a season.
Mathieu may be right about Johnson catching only five balls against him (assuming he's only in for five plays at cornerback), but to think he would out-muscle Johnson for two turnovers is absurd.
Let's see what Mathieu can do against some average NFL receivers first.
The Honey Badger is confident—we've always known this. But his belief in himself has officially crossed over from genuine to naive.
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