CJ Mosley says hi, but the word is he may stay for next year.
Is that a definite maybe? Linkage? Some other words are that he may
declare for the draft.
An LSU assistant back in August told me, "Tyrann is a good kid, but he just can't stay away from trouble. We have given him so many chances and tried to counsel him on getting help with his problems, but he just won't listen and he has to break ties he has made throughout his life with people not looking out for his best interests. There is no way we can let him back on this team. That trust value has been broken and never to be repaired."
The assistant made a great point about trust and that is what will drop him come NFL Draft day in 2013.
Listed at 5-foot-8 and 184 pounds, Mathieu is small for cornerback standards and he is not the most technically sound cover man in college football. But where teams will fall in love with him for is his punt return skills, his ability to play in nickel and dime sets, which are used around 70 percent of the time in the league today, and his ability to change a game due to his great ball presence skills.
Mathieu plays as if the ball is his on every play. He is as tough a player as they had on the Tiger roster and for someone who played cornerback just look at his numbers. In two seasons, Mathieu recorded 133 tackles, 16 tackles for losses, 11 forced fumbles (recovered eight of them), six quarterback sacks, four interceptions and 16 pass knockdowns.
But where his value really will skyrocket is as a punt returner.
Mathieu averaged 15.6 yard per punt return in 2011 and he brought 2 back for scores. We all remember his game-altering efforts against Oregon, Arkansas and also against Georgia in the SEC Championship game last season.
The one thing that will really drop him come draft day is the trust factor. Can a team risk a very high pick on him? The answer is no.
I have Mathieu rated as a fourth round pick right now, but don't be surprised to see him get picked a tad higher. LINK
This post was edited on 12/2 at 1:05 pm