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Mathieu 'hopes' to go pro after 2012 season

Posted on: March 5, 2012 3:19 pm
Edited on: March 5, 2012 3:24 pm

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Whether on Twitter or in an interview, Tyrann Mathieu has never been one to shy away from speaking his mind. And so when the topic of the 2013 NFL Draft came up in a radio interview Friday, Mathieu didn't mince words: he intends to be in it.

"I hope so," Mathieu said on Philadelphia's 97.5 "The Fanatic" when asked if 2012 would be his final year in an LSU uniform. "If I'm fortunate enough."

Mathieu was speaking from the Maxwell Athletic Club dinner in Atlantic City, N.J., where he was on hand to receive the Bednarik Award as the nation's best defensive player for 2011. Mathieu missed the opening day of LSU spring practice but is expected to participate in Monday's drills.

It's honors like the Bednarik that make Mathieu's pronouncement more surprising for its timing and honesty than for its content itself. After a sophomore season that saw him travel to New York as a Heisman Trophy finalist and earn him multiple All-American nods, a successful junior year -- particularly in the realm of one-on-one coverage, the one area where Mathieu could (in this blogger's opinion) stand to sharpen his skills -- would leave him with little left to prove on an individual level.

After his Tigers' embarrassing defeat in the BCS national championship, though, there's still plenty of unfinished business on a team level entering 2012. But Mathieu also said he expects big things from LSU this fall.

"We’ve got a pretty good team coming back next year, pretty much the same team from a year ago minus the quarterback, a few receivers and obviously Morris [Claiborne] and Brandon Taylor and Ron Brooks in the secondary," Mathieu said. "But we have a lot of guys that are going to step up and make a name for themselves.”

Mathieu's name was already big enough that a draft declaration was already more "when" than "if"--meaning we can't blame him for making it a non-issue at nearly the first opportunity.

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Since: Nov 6, 2009
Posted on: March 6, 2012 1:25 pm

Mathieu 'hopes' to go pro after 2012 season

Honey- hush ya mouf and prove yaself in 2012

Since: Nov 17, 2008
Posted on: March 6, 2012 12:48 pm

Mathieu 'hopes' to go pro after 2012 season

Teres - what game did you watch on January 9th?  If Bama didn't give the badger more than he could handle, does that mean he MEANT to get used over and over by Hanks and Norwood?  Did he MEAN to be a complete non-factor on punt returns?  Did he MEAN to get gang-trashed the one time he tried to foolishly advance a sewn-up punt return, being humiliatingly driven back about 30 yards before being crushed into the turf? it.  

Since: Feb 3, 2012
Posted on: March 6, 2012 12:02 pm

Mathieu 'hopes' to go pro after 2012 season

Disgrace? You do not know a damn thing about football. He led the nation in forced fumbles, fumble recoveries, led the team in tackles and was the SEC and NATIONAL defensive player of the year. It seems the folks that follow college football for a living disagree with you. So that leaves me with the following; you are either a oregon duck fan, UGA fan, rkansas fan or a fan of the other teams that he played a huge role in beating your team.

Since: Aug 26, 2006
Posted on: March 6, 2012 11:46 am

Mathieu 'hopes' to go pro after 2012 season

Ginn Jr was drafted in the top ten.  Yes, he wasn't worthy, but honey dadger is bad ass.  Top 10 and likely top 5.  Pretty much every team could use a all pro punt returned and very good cornerback.

Since: Oct 29, 2011
Posted on: March 6, 2012 10:45 am
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Since: Oct 29, 2011
Posted on: March 6, 2012 10:25 am
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Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: March 6, 2012 3:49 am

Mathieu 'hopes' to go pro after 2012 season

I don't think that there is any doubt that LSU could use Mathieu on offense.  I think that Les Miles and his staff pretty well follow the maxim that you put your best athletes on defense.  There's little doubt that Mathieu was one of the best defensive players of 2011, and his versatility extended way beyond punt returns.  He could play the run game and pass coverage as well.  Whether he will be ready for the draft after the 2012 season is another question completely.

Since: Mar 17, 2008
Posted on: March 5, 2012 10:27 pm

Mathieu 'hopes' to go pro after 2012 season

Mathieu receiving the Bednarik award is a disgrace. He got a lot of attention for his punt returning and for being on an excellent team, but he wasn't even close to the best defensive player last year.

Since: Dec 7, 2007
Posted on: March 5, 2012 9:53 pm

Mathieu 'hopes' to go pro after 2012 season

How about we play 2012 first Tyrann? Wish we would use the kid on offense, as bad as we looked

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: March 5, 2012 8:05 pm

Mathieu 'hopes' to go pro after 2012 season

If Mathieu can stay healthy, he should be a top five pick.  Also, even though CB's are seldom the first taken, I wouldn't be surprised if that happened, either

There is no doubt he can play, and is an explosive playmaker.  He really is small though, and sometimes relies on LSU's overall defensive talent to take risks that on the next level may be more harmful than good.  This year he had the best or second best secondary unit surrounding him, and that allowed him to freelance.  I suspect with the loss of talent on that side of the ball he will have to be more defensively sound and take fewer gambles.  If he went Top 10 I would be surprised.  On field performance is factored in, but the powers that be always seem to be more interested in a person's size and stature then their production.  If he slipped to the second round it would not be much of a shock to me.




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