Great matchup capabilities with Julio, Megatron, and Vernon Davis.
Those guys are going to make their plays no matter what in a ball game. One player can't fully cover those types of targets over the middle or on a long ball along the sidelines. The only way they can get stopped is if the CB plays bump and go and knocks them off their route, and the safety comes in to break it up. When you do none of those things you set records for the most yards against in a passing league.
Mathieu has the speed and agility to stay with these types of receivers, so theoretically he could accomplish his part of the exchange. The biggest problem in our secondary, and has been for 2 years, is the very weak safety play. I don't see how he's any more of a risk than any other CB in the draft this year. He's got first round potential and ability, with the added risk of his personal issues. To me a 3rd is not unreasonable.
Also, you mentioned Vernon Davis. More often than not TEs are covered initially by LBs or they pass through LB zones.
This post was edited on 3/1 at 11:22 am