Ahh – nothing like burning the midnight oil preparing countless mocks and crunching ideas as the NFL Draft approaches. I know once my team is eliminated from contention, I immediately soak up all the knowledge I can to make logical guesses on who they may draft in April. One of the more intriguing prospects is former LSU defensive back, the talented but troubled Tyrann “Honey Badger” Mathieu.
Realistically, the New York Jets have some glaring problems. Their quarterback is chump change, Rex Ryan can’t coach his way out of a wet paper bag lately, and it’s very possible Darrelle Revis will be in another uniform next season. This means there’s several directions the Jets could go come draft day. Recently they spoke with Tyrann Mathieu, who didn’t play football this past season. Still, there’s no denying the kid is talented and could produce in several areas for the Jets.
Mathieu will most likely never be more than a #2 corner in the NFL, he’s just too small to deal with these monstrous receivers. However, he would thrive as a nickel corner, specifically in the Jets defensive scheme. They bring a lot of corner blitzes, and Mathieu is an excellent blitzer with a nose for the ball. I assume he could also do reasonably well when covering receivers on the inside and on underneath routes.
The Honey Badger’s biggest contribution, however, would most likely come on special teams. Mathieu is an electrifying punt returner who possesses the big play ability to change the course of a game. The only drawback is his off the field issues, but it’s a safe assumption that he’s addressed those if he wants to catch on with an NFL team. It would make sense for the Jets to draft Tyrann Mathieu anytime after the third round. Fourth round or later you’re not reaching for him, but still getting great value if he comes in and produces to his potential.
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