In case you had not heard the news, Tyrann Mathieu has played his last snap at LSU, after finishing last season as a Heisman Trophy finalist. Time to start making lazy connections between the Honey Badger and the St. Louis Rams ahead of the 2013 NFL Draft.
Yes, there's the obvious pattern of Jeff Fisher's willingness to take a chance on players with a few pock marks or two on their resume. See Jenkins, Janoris. There is also a match in the style of play Mathieu brings to the field and the Rams head coach's history with defensive backs.
Mathieu is a smaller, rangy cornerback with a knack for the ball ... and the size that makes most draft watchers question how well his skills will translate to the NFL. Fisher's teams have a history with smaller corners, including one Cortland Finnegan, a player that used to be regularly dismissed for his 5-foot-10 frame, a generous listing.
Honey Badger plays in the slot often, and excels as a zone corner for the Tigers, er, used to excel for the Tigers. He has a real knack for the ball too, a prized valuable in any league.
Check out this scouting report from our friends at NFL Draft Monsters.
His draft stock will be hotly debated next year, especially if he plays at some off-the-beaten-path school, since he's likely not eligible for even an FCS transfer.
The Rams have a really deep secondary, but adding a player like Mathieu to system that prefers his skill set could be the piece de resistance.