Cowboys’ Potential Draft Pick: Tyrann Mathieu, CB, LSU
In my scouting report on LSU’s Tyrann Mathieu, I explained why I think the cornerback is overrated.
Before getting into any of Mathieu’s off-field concerns, let’s just discuss the traits we can quantify. He’s 5-9, 186 pounds. That sort of size is tolerable if a guy has game-breaking speed, but Mathieu does not. He ran an official 4.50 at the 2013 Scouting Combine; that’s hardly a horrible time, but it’s a really poor time for someone who has the exact same measurements as me. Mathieu’s 34-inch vertical and 9-9 broad jump confirm that he’s not a highly-explosive athlete.
But Mathieu is a play-maker, right? That’s the consensus, but let’s not forget that this is a player who totaled just four career interceptions in two seasons. He forced 11 fumbles and recovered six, but fumbles have proven again and again to be an extremely volatile occurrence. It’s not that Mathieu isn’t good at stripping the ball away—he probably is—but fumbles are still a low-frequency event, meaning much of Mathieu’s success forcing fumbles was undoubtedly due to luck. And even if it were entirely skill, is that really a trait that’s worthy of an early-round selection?
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