Like a handful of others, Tyrann Mathieu has spent this week fielding questions about past off the field struggles, while trying to convince scouts and GM’s of his value and alleged newfound maturity since his “Honey Badger” days.
Those questions, were perhaps the hard part of the Scouting Combine for the LSU star. The easy part for Mathieu, was quieting any doubters with his 4.50 40-yard dash time, and a natural ability to catch balls on position drills.
When asked in an interview on NFL.com’s Draft Tracker podcast yesterday, Mathieu was quick to compare his game to the likes of Charles Woodson, Ed Reed and Troy Polamalu
“It’s definitely Woodson, Ed Reed, Troy Polamalu” Mathieu told Bucky Brooks. “I try to take bits and pieces from those guys’ game and put it into my game”.
While Mathieu openly compares himself to three of the league’s most veteran defensemen without ever having set foot on an NFL field, he isn’t entirely wrong.
From a height perspective (5’9), Mathieu is in the sam