Cleveland Browns Draft: Spotlight on CB Tyrann Mathieu

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No matter what happens by the end of the month, one thing is for absolute certain; the Cleveland Browns need help at the corner back position. This years’ draft is full of defensive back talent just waiting for an opportunity in the NFL. One name that has stuck out like a sore thumb is Louisiana State Tigers defensive back, Tyrann Mathieu, aka the “Honey Badger”. Maybe it’s because of his cool nickname, but the kid does have skills.

In 2011, for his ability to be a nuisance on his opponents of greater size, Mathieu earned his nickname the “Honey Badger”. Following fellow friend and ex-teammate Patrick Peterson’s footsteps, Mathieu was awarded the Chuck Bednarik Award for the nation’s best defensive player in 2011. The sky looked like the limit for Mathieu. Then trouble continued for the free spirited college star.

Unfortunately, the NFL and marijuana just don’t quite mix well together. Mathieu was suspended by head coach Les Miles at the start of the 2012 season for continually failing drug tests. After a stint in rehabilitation, the 20 year old decided to forgo his final year as a Tiger and enter the 2013 NFL Draft. It really is a shame because the talent is there, just not his head. Mathieu finished his college career with 96 solo tackles and four interceptions in 26 games played.

I could see a team like the Cincinnati Bengals taking a chance on him. The Browns, on the other hand, have drafted three players (Phil Taylor, Greg Little, Josh Gordon) in the past two years that have had a troubled past though. It will come down to how far Mathieu slips in the draft that will determine most teams’ interest.

Ryan Ruiz – Cleveland Browns Writer

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