Former LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu arrived at the NFL Combine looking to impress scouts after being out of football for a year. There were already questions about his lack of size, 5’9″ and 180 pounds, and it was at the combine where Mathieu needed to put some of those questions to rest. So far at the Combine, Mathieu has failed miserably to silence any critics.
Mathieu, who no longer wants to be named the ‘Honey Badger,’ completed the bench press part of the combine with an uninspiring four reps. That is a sad number for any player, but it’s far worse for a player who brings plenty of questions with him already. Forget the arrests and being kicked off the LSU football team, he now has to answer questions about his skills.
What has Mathieu been doing in preparation for one of the biggest days in his career? His interviews and results from the Combine have the potential to land him an NFL job and he comes in ill-prepared. Mathieu had plenty of time to get ready for every drill and event at the Combine since he hasn’t played football in a year so it’s fair to wonder if Mathieu has what it takes to make it in the NFL. Strength isn’t everything for a defensive back but Mathieu should be able to lift 225 pounds more than just four times. How can he line up against bigger and more physical receivers in the NFL if he doesn’t have enough strength?
Mathieu does have time to turn things around tomorrow when he goes through the 40-yard dash and the position drills but he’s got a lot to makeup for at this point. He’s a good football player and it’s easy to see that on tape but it also says a lot about Mathieu’s character that he didn’t come to the Combine as prepared as he should have.
With all the promise that Tyrann Mathieu began his career with, he’s now equaled in disappointment. Hopefully for him, tomorrow is a better day.
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