It’s no secret the Detroit Lions need a new cornerback and apparently they’re not afraid to look in any direction to fill that void in their defensive lineup. Although he’s been in more trouble than Tom Sawyer, former LSU Tigers superstar Tyrann Mathieu is now reportedly being heavily evaluated by the Lions heading into the 2013 NFL Draft.
Obviously this is just speculation, but ESPN’s NFL draft guru, Mel Kiper Jr., says if any team is going to take a chance on Mathieu, especially before Day 3 of the draft, it will be Detroit.
Mathieu was suspended from the Tigers football team during the 2011 season and then dismissed from the team before the 2012 season even began, so he’s just been biding his time until April since then. Well now that there are only four teams left in the NFL playoffs, a majority of the league’s attention are turning to the draft, where Mathieu is the center of attention without superstars like Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III to hog the spotlight.
The main question on everyone’s mind is when will will Mathieu be selected? In what round of the draft?
Of course, no one knows the answer to that question, not even the Lions, but we can start by looking at the top cornerbacks available this year.
It starts with Alabama Crimson Tide standout Dee Milliner, who is considered the only “elite” cornerback in the draft this year. He’s projected to be selected within the top five picks of the draft, so that gets him out of the way. The next best options are players like Xavier Rhodes (Florida State), Johnthan Banks (Mississippi State), Jordan Poyer (Oregon State) and Logan Ryan (Rutgers).
Mathieu is realistically a third-day pick, but guys like Kiper believe a team like Detroit will reach for him early, although he’s nowhere near the top options in the draft at his position. There’s only one way to find out and April will come sooner than you think.