Everyone wants to see what Tyrann Mathieu can do in the NFL, and that includes ESPN’s Herm Edwards.
According to Arizona Sports, Edwards categorized Mathieu as a ‘can’t wait to see’ player. Mathieu had a great career at LSU, as he electrified fans with punt returns for touchdowns, interceptions, pass deflections and tackles. Drug problems caused Mathieu to fall t0 the third round, but if he stays clean, he will dominate.
Here’s what Edwards had to say about Mathieu:
It will be very interesting to see how Bruce Arians decides to use this youngster. I love his playmaking ability and he has terrific hands and eyes — two crucial aspects to playing the cornerback position. From what I’ve heard it sounds like they may try him at safety to let him roam a little more and maximize his ability as a playmaker, but I worry about his ability to hold up — and to make tackles consistently. At 5-foot-9, 186 pounds, he isn’t even built like a Bob Sanders, and if they try to get him to put weight on, it could slow him down. If the Cardinals do play him at safety, they’ll probably either keep him high or bring him down into the box to blitz. I see him more as a guy who should play 25-plus plays a game at the nickel spot and help on special teams this season. I think he has a chance to be a good player in this league.
After sitting out the 2012 season, Mathieu may have trouble getting used to the NFL. However, he has the athletic ability to chip in in 2013 and blossom into a star in the future.