Tyrann Mathieu is in Mobile, Alabama this week for the Senior Bowl. The "Honey Bear" is making himself available to coaches and scouts that may be interested in taking him in April's NFL draft. Among those teams reportedly interested, the Washington Redskins.
“I just want to shake some hands, look people in the eyes,” Mathieu told reporters yesterday at the South team’s practice. “I haven’t scripted any answers to any questions. This is the real Tyrann right now.”
According to the New York Post, the Redskins, New York Jets and Miami Dolphins have shown the most interest in the former LSU cornerback. Mathieu has been working out in South Florida with former Bayou Bengal and current NFL defensive backs Patrick Peterson and Corey Webster.
Mathieu was a Heisman finalist following the 2011 season, but was kicked off the team for substance-abuse problems last Fall by LSU coach Les Miles.
Unfortunately, Shanny drafted Maurice Clarett in the 3rd round. With no first round pick this year or next, the Skins can't afford a miss like that in the third round. They need solid production from the second and third rounds of the Draft. They don't have to be stars, but they do have to be reliable starters. Mathieu could definitely be a star, but he's at least as likely to spend as much time suspended as he does on the field. The risk far outweighs the reward in the early rounds, in my opinion.
I wouldn't mind if it was a 6th or 7th round pick. I mean, Shanny drafted Maurice Clarette of all people. But my guess is, another team takes the risk earlier than the 6th and the Redskins shouldn't do that.
I tend to agree with Michael. The Honey Badger is a HUGE character risk. I don't mean that he might be a bad guy. I mean that he might be suspended for years at a time and spend time in prison. He's a great talent, but you have to be VERY confident you can control him and I don't see how anyone can have that kind of confidence.