According to ESPN’s Joe Schad, Tyrann Mathieu (a.k.a. “Honey Badger”) has decided to skip his senior season and declare himself eligible for the 2013 NFL Draft.
I’m honestly indifferent towards this, since he has made some amazing plays but colleges list him at 5′ 9″ and 180 lbs. and since most colleges embellish sizes a great deal, I’m willing to bet he’s realistically like 5′ 7″ and 165 lbs. If I’m closer to his actual size, then A) I’m not socked and B) Many teams would shy away from him as a cornerback due to all the true 6′ 3″+ wide receivers in the NFL.
Also, Mathieu was dismissed from the LSU Tigers football team for failing drug tests, and was arrested with three other people on October 25th for possession of marijuana. These red flags will also make teams shy away from picking him.
I originally thought Mathieu was maybe a late second- or third-round prospect, but after the dismissal and arrest, he will be knocked down to a fifth-round pick or undrafted free agent grade, at least in my eyes. Who knows what the future holds for him? Maybe Mathieu could do a Vontaze Burflict and go undrafted, then play in the NFL with a massive chip on his shoulder, but this is just my take. What do you all think? Let me know!
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