The LSU pro day was really the Tyrann Mathieu day, as all eyes were on the Honey Badger and how he was going to perform in his last chance to impress NFL scouts. At this point in the process, and as we are closer than ever to the NFL draft, there are only two types of people out there.
You have the people that love Mathieu and his playmaking ability. Those are the folks that would love to take a chance on the former LSU star player.
Then there are the ones that want to avoid Mathieu like the plague. Due to his constant off-the-field issues and forcing the LSU coaching staff to remove him from the team, there are enough red flags for some NFL franchises to pass on him.
Whichever side of the fence you are on, you are going to have to stick to your guns because the pro day didn't do much for his draft stock.
Mathieu also decided he was going to pass up on the vertical leap, according to Nakia Hogan of the Times-Picayune. The Honey Badger jumped 34 inches at the combine, which he obviously feels is good enough to get the job done.
Overall, Mathieu was so impressive during his NFL combine, as ESPN pointed out earlier today, he really didn't need to do much at today's pro day.
So where does that leave us right now?
Due to his questions off the football field and not being a complete polished cornerback, the first round is out of the question. It would also be a reach if a team is willing to spend a second-round pick on him. At this rate, a third- or fourth-round pick is the best bet, which is where Mike Mayock of the NFL sees him ending up as well, according to Pro Football Talk.
“I don’t think he’s going to go in the first two rounds, that’s my gut, and from talking to teams, it’s kind of a third or fourth-round pick. That’s what I’m hearing,” Mayock said of Mathieu.
Whether or not you think that may be too low for somebody who seemed to make every big play for the Tigers back in 2011, an NFL team is not going to gamble the house on whether or not Mathieu can keep his nose clean.
One team that is showing interest in the playmaker is the Houston Texans, as this has been confirmed by John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.
While a combination of Ed Reed and Mathieu is worth getting excited about, he was also seen hanging out with New Orleans Saints coaches during the workout.
The fact remains that what you see is what you get when it comes to Mathieu. A feisty defender that could line up immediately as a slot corner and contribute at a high level on special teams. He is an aggressive and physical player that is willing to help in run support, and he does a good job of playing the ball.
He isn't an elite cover guy by any means and will be overmatched on the outside due to his 5'9" frame. However, you can't go wrong with a defender that is confident, tough and someone who has superb playmaking skills. You just have to remain wary of his past history of getting in trouble.
I think Mathieu is an absolute steal as a third-round pick and provides high reward with little risk. But then again, the opinions vary depending on who you are talking to. The Honey Badger is that player in this year’s draft that you either love or hate.