2011 Heisman Finalist Tyrann Mathieu is certainly one of the more polarizing players in the 2013 NFL Draft. His Sophomore year was nothing short of spectacular with 71 tackles, 5 forced fumbles, 2 interceptions, 1.5 sacks and was the MVP of the 2011 SEC Championship Game. If you mix in the fact that he returned 2 Punt Returns for Touchdowns then you start to see how special of a player he is. Despite missing the entire 2012 season due to a suspension, Tyrann Mathieu still has 1st round appeal to some teams in the league. However with his multiple off-the-field issues he will probably fall to the second round.
DRC and Nnamdi were absolutely dreadful this past season. They were consistently beaten down the field and in the end zone making it difficult to watch the defense. Even worse is they had 1 interception between the 2 of them in the final 12 games. So basically these guys make a lot of money to do very little. It’s time for change and that could come with Tyrann Mathieu.
The player formerly known as “Honey Badger” could help the Eagles in several areas. First, he is an aggressive and tenacious cornerback who forces turnovers all over the field similar to Chicago Bears CB Charles Tillman. Tyrann is near the ball on a consistent basis and is always looking for the strip to get that ball back for his offense. Tyrann is a bit undersized, but can line up anywhere on the field and is the definition of a playmaker. He is explosive on punt and kick returns and will give Special Team Coordinators nightmares. Anytime a team has the opportunity to add a player as dynamic as Mathieu, they have to jump all over it.
In IDP Dynasty leagues, Matthieu will probably be drafted somewhere in the 3rd to 4th round range and even higher in leagues with punt and kick return yards. He easily is a top 15 pick in the NFL Draft that will drop in the draft due to his poor character issues. If I am in the war room in this upcoming draft, Matthieu will be on my team.