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08:03 AM ET 11.30 | Tyrann Mathieu on Thursday announced he'll make himself eligible for the 2013 NFL Draft, but what are the prospects for a player who seems to have squandered first-round talent with off-the-field issues? What will make the 5-foot-9, 178-pound Mathieu intriguing to NFL executives despite his checkered past is that he is an amazing talent. ... Per NFL Draft Scout's current rankings of draft-eligible cornerbacks, no potentially draftable cornerback is shorter than 5-foot-10, except for San Diego State's Brodrick Brown, and the 5-foot-8, 185-pound Brown is NFLDS' 25th-ranked player at the position. That's not to say that Mathieu's skill set isn't much higher than Brown's, but it does illustrate one simple fact -- NFL teams want bigger defensive backs.

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November 30, 2012  08:15 AM ET

He needs to grow up.

November 30, 2012  08:17 AM ET

I recently heard some players were taking a drug to combat that problem

November 30, 2012  08:17 AM ET

He had better have low expectations as to where he goes in the draft.

November 30, 2012  08:17 AM ET

Honey Badger doesn't care.

November 30, 2012  08:18 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I recently heard some players were taking a drug to combat that problem

I did too... but the thread explaining said drug is no longer available for review.

November 30, 2012  08:18 AM ET

At least he's not big and dumb.

November 30, 2012  08:21 AM ET

Gronk could carry this guy into the end zone. And it's going to hurt when he gets spiked at the end of the play.

November 30, 2012  08:33 AM ET

I don't think he ever had a chance at being better than a 2nd or 3rd rounder before he got booted. Somebody will take a late round chance on him, but I don't see a big impact on the draft.

November 30, 2012  08:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

I don't think he ever had a chance at being better than a 2nd or 3rd rounder before he got booted. Somebody will take a late round chance on him, but I don't see a big impact on the draft.

Plus, he's had a year away from playing football. That's not going to help him too much.

November 30, 2012  08:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Plus, he's had a year away from playing football. That's not going to help him too much.

Suppose he shows up at 5-8, 235? If he's not in the league or playing college ball, he's not being monitored for HGH.

November 30, 2012  09:41 AM ET

and in the 4th round of the NFL draft the (insert team here) select.............

November 30, 2012  10:00 AM ET

I don't see him getting drafted at all, yet if he does, it will be one of those supplemental 7th round choices teams get when they lose a free agent in the off season. A "free-bee" pick per se...

November 30, 2012  10:02 AM ET

It's not just size working against him; it's family history, childhood environment, current associates, misplaced loyalties, and bad decisions. He might not even get drafted, but if he does, it should be by a team that can give him a structured environment (Pats or Bengals). Definitely not the Cowboys.

November 30, 2012  10:17 AM ET

It would take the helmet to helmet hit out of the equation.

November 30, 2012  10:29 AM ET

Hope he has a great vertical leap.

November 30, 2012  10:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

and in the 4th round of the NFL draft the (insert team here) select.............

More like "In the first round of sentencing, the Lafayette regional correctional facility chooses Tyrann Mathieu. Trading up to pick second, the Baton Rouge minimum security facility for males chooses Jordan Jefferson."

November 30, 2012  10:35 AM ET

He's nothing more than a special teams player in the NFL. There's a few teams out there that could use a kickoff/punt returner.

November 30, 2012  10:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

More like "In the first round of sentencing, the Lafayette regional correctional facility chooses Tyrann Mathieu. Trading up to pick second, the Baton Rouge minimum security facility for males chooses Jordan Jefferson."

There's some boutique law firms growing up in Louisiana and elsewhere: criminal defense/sports agents.

November 30, 2012  10:44 AM ET
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There's some boutique law firms growing up in Louisiana and elsewhere: criminal defense/sports agents.

Don't most college towns already have one of those? I think they call them booster clubs, or something.

 
November 30, 2012  11:10 AM ET

At worst, he'll be signed to return kicks. He doesn't need to be big to do that. And he's a dynamite returner.

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