Tyrann Mathieu to the Patriots?

Tyrann Mathieu
With my recent story regarding the Patriots top safety prospects, I got a lot of feedback regarding Tyrann Mathieu, the cornerback from LSU. Tyrann Mathieu has made it clear that he plans to enter the 2013 NFL draft in April even though he hasn’t played a snap all year. Mathieu is looking for his success at LSU last season to speak for itself. Mathieu was released from LSU’s football program for failing a drug test.

In a quote by Mel Kiper Jr. he says "Tyrann Mathieu (LSU) is going to be an interesting guy to see where he comes into the to fourth round prospect in this upcoming draft." If that’s the case the Patriots would have a relatively easy time picking him up later on in the draft.

I’ve watched film on Mathieu and though he is a smaller guy (5’9) he plays with intensity that makes up for it. He was a Heisman finalist in 2011 showcasing a sort of natural ability at the position. I recently watched an interview featuring Mathieu and he is supremely confident, intelligent and is a type of player who, with some maturity, can turn into a leader on the field. To be honest, those are the types of guys the Patriots need now more than anything else; they need a corner with some fire running through his veins. Let’s not forget he also adds a big play potential returning kickoffs and punts which will give him value to the team while he’s learning the corner position at the NFL level.

Tyrann Mathieu is pretty much a wild card at this point and could go earlier than expected which would obviously suck if we plan on getting him. The Patriots don’t want to jump on him too early because there are a lot of question marks, but desperate teams like the Jets (who are looking to deal Revis) might just based on his play in 2011 and he'll be cheap. Either way it pans out I believe the Patriots need to draft mostly at the defensive position again this year because defensive depth was one of the Patriots biggest issues this post season.

Josh Brown