Take a pass on "Honey Badger"

Take a pass on "Honey Badger"

Posted by Bob LeGere on Tue, 02/26/2013 - 12:18

Any NFL team, including the Bears, wondering if it should risk using a high draft pick on former LSU cornerback Tyrann “Honey Badger” Mathieu, got their answer at the NFL Scouting Combine: “No.”

Mathieu did not play last season after he was kicked off the LSU team, an amazing accomplishment in itself. He has had substance-abuse problems in the past, and his work ethic has frequently been called into question. That was reaffirmed when he managed to bench press 225 pounds just four times.

That’s a pathetic total for any football player who’s not a kicker. Jay Cutler – a quarterback -- did 22 reps coming out of Vanderbilt. And it’s not as if Mathieu has had anything to do in the past year. He wasn’t playing football, and he wasn’t studying. What else did he have to do other than getting in the best shape of his life? And the best he can do is four reps? Yeah, that should be a red flag regarding his commitment and work ethic.

Mathieu did run a solid 4.43 40-yard dash. But at 5-foot-9 and 186 pounds, that’s about what was expected. He should run that fast. He obviously wasn’t spending much time in the weight room.

That disappointing performance makes you wonder how hard he’ll work in the NFL, especially if some team hands him several hundred thousand dollars before he sets foot on the field.

He's Pacman Jones without the ability to play outside against top receivers. Because of his smallish size, Mathieu is only a nickel corner at best, although he has big-play ability as a punt returner. Still, he's not worth the trouble.

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