One of the greatest NFL offseason traditions – almost as good as the rookies get dumped in the ice bath – is when the vets give rookies “haircuts.” Well, even high-profile cornerback Tyrann Mathieu was no exception.
Have a peek at the damage defensive tackle Darnell Dockett caused on his head. Yep, that’s the No. 90, Dockett’s jersey number, carved in the side of the Honey Badger’s head.
Dockett gave some other rookies some scary looking haircuts, but we here at Laces Out don’t promote offensive language, something in which those videos consist of. But we do still strongly suggest you check it out.
Mathieu wasn’t let off easy, either. Only some cyclists and swimmers can appreciate his new aerodynamic look as he had his eyebrows whacked. Ouch! Keep Reading…
When the Cardinals took a chance on Tyrann Mathieu in the third round of April’s NFL Draft, there was hope that he would be able to ditch his “Honey Badger” label.
Mathieu, who has been enjoying his first offseason as an NFL rookie, got a taste of being a pro at last week’s rookie symposium. Although Mathieu has been counseled extensively during his time at LSU and the draft process, the weekend in Aurora, Ohio made an impact.
“I didn’t look at it [as] redundant. I looked at it as more people trying to help me,” Mathieu told the team’s website. “My process is a bit different than the rest of the rookies there. For me, it was an experience I needed.”
The rookies met with Adam “Pacman” Jones, former NBA player Chris Herren and former NFL defensive backs Brian Dawkins and Aeneas Williams.
“For me, [the symposium] was real educational, inspiring and one of those reality checks, and I’ve had a few of those since I’ve become an Arizona Cardinal,” Mathieu told the team’s website.
From the looks of Mathieu’s Twitter timeline, he has made the most of his opportunity and is eager for Sundays.
Sometimes I look in the mirror. It’s hard to believe where I’m at now!
NEW YORK — If Day 1 of the 2013 NFL Draft had a Mr. Irrelevant, it would have been former Florida Gators safety Matt Elam, who was selected 32nd by the Baltimore Ravens to close a tedious first round that spanned 3 1/2 hours that felt like six Thursday at Radio City Music Hall.
But truth be told, the entire night felt like a no-frills case study in irrelevance, to the point where even the hometown Jets fans — the looniest and most overwhelming lot in a theater full of die-hard football junkies — couldn’t find anything to get worked up about.
Of the 32 players picked Thursday, nine were offensive linemen, a vitally important, but decidedly unsexy crew. The top overall pick, new Kansas City Chief offensive tackle Eric Fisher, went to Central Michigan, making him the highest-drafted MAC player ever, and the first small school non-quarterback to go No. 1 since Ed “Too Tall” Jones in 1974.
Only one skill position player went in the Top 10 — West Virginia’s Tavon Austin — who went to the Rams at No. 8. And one year after Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III went first and second overall — ahead of fellow first-rounders Ryan Tannehill (No. 8) and Brandon Weeden (No. 22) — Florida State’s EJ Manuel was the only quarterback selected, at No. 16 by the Bills.
If anything, the biggest story of the night was the list of high-profile players whose names weren’t called in the first round, most notably among them:
West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith, who spent a lonely night in the green room waiting to hear his name called; USC quarterback Matt Barkley, who entered the 2012 season as the consensus favorite to go first overall after spurning the 2012 draft to return for his senior season; Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o, a one-time fan favorite who was exposed by both Alabama and Deadspin in January; and LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu, who wisely canceled a previously scheduled post-draft party in New York before the circumstances did it for him.
And when all the talk at the end of the day is about the guys who didn’t get picked, you know the players who did hear their names called were far from riveting.
Never was that clearer to me than in the moments after the Jets picked Missouri defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson at No. 13. The response from the always-passionate Gang Green faithful wasn’t one of anger, nor was it one of joy. If anything, Richardson’s selection elicited a complete lack of emotion, which is probably the worst reaction a pick could generate — especially in this city.
And if that’s how the Jets fans responded to their pick, imagine what the other picks sounded like.
It’s not the fault of the players, though, nor does the lack of first-round excitement fall on the teams. Not even a little bit. The players who were selected were, in virtually every case, either the best available or the best fit, depending on certain team needs. And no one should fault a GM for passing on a big name if it means making his team better. After all, cheering for a playoff run is a heck of a lot more fun than cheering for a draft pick.
It’s just that there is little that sucks the air out of a room quicker than a hulking O-lineman going No. 1 … and then having another one go No. 2 … and then having a third one go No. 4. First rounds like Thursday’s underscore the difference between college stardom and pro potential, and that chasm separating the two, frankly, doesn’t represent a whole lot of fun.
(That point was hammered home even more by the league’s celebration Thursday of the 30th anniversary of the 1983 draft class, which featured six future Hall of Famers in the first round, including QBs John Elway, Jim Kelly and Dan Marino, and is still arguably considered the best ever.)
For me, it all kind of ruined the whole draft experience. An intrepid journalist looking to document the fan experience at the draft, I first walked into the belly of the beast Wednesday, when I stood in line for four hours to secure a wristband that would allow me to get a ticket on Thursday. Then I did it all again Thursday, when I waited hours to get in, only to find that my randomly assigned seat was in the far corner of the theater.
Add to that the utter lack of excitement that the hog mollies chosen in Round 1 stirred up, and I’d have rather just watched from home — maybe on mute — saved myself the effort and just gotten a ticket to Days 2 and 3 instead. Because if Day 1 was any indication, the latter rounds could end up being the star of the show.
Tyrann Mathieu isn’t in the NFL quite yet, but the Honey Badger already has a strong fan following. Wondering who should be president of the fan club? How about Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant. Keep Reading…
Well, well … our good friends over at Yardbarker found this gem from the NFL Network. Tyrann “Honey Badger” Mathieu was spouting off about his cover skills as NFL cornerback. How would he do against the NFL’s best receivers?
“I feel like if I was to check somebody like a Calvin Johnson, he’ll make his plays, but I’m definitely going to get mine, too,” Mathieu said. “He’s going to catch his five balls, but I’m going to get my two turnovers, so we’ll be even.”
So, he’ll hold Megatron to 5 catches? Based on his pathetic showing on the bench press at the Combine, it’s more likely he’d get bowled over at the line of scrimmage.
To be fair, he did send out a tweet afterwards that further explained his position.
“You got to understand I have the ultimate respect for Calvin Johnson.. He is a freak of an baller & the best in the game but I’m gon compete,” he said via social media.
His grammar? Not good. His determination? Top notch. Here’s hoping Ol’ Honey Badge does it right on the next level.
Tyrann Mathieu may have been busted in college for drugs a few times, but one thing is for certain: Those weren’t PERFORMANCE ENHANCING DRUGS. Mathieu reportedly only repped 225 pounds on the bench press FOUR times at the NFL Scouting Combine. Four freakin’ times.
We know what you’re saying: “Hey, smarmy writer … that’s more than YOU can do!!”
Feast on this fact: The only kicker who bench-pressed during this year’s Combine — Arizona State’s Josh Hubner — lifted 225 pounds 13 times. Yes, 13 TIMES!
Some scouts are concerned Mathieu won’t be able to carry his weight in the locker room. Get it? Analysts also believe the Honey Badger won’t be setting the bar high. Too soon?
OK, ok, ok … to be fair, an NFL cornerback doesn’t have to be barrel-chested, but let’s be honest, what the hell has Mathieu been doing the past nine months?
Mathieu, who was kicked off of LSU’s football team last August for “violation of team policy,” hasn’t had to worry about lining up against SEC offenses. He should be a workout warrior, and for him to show up to Indianapolis and only rep 225 pound four times, speaks to his potential lack of preparation than his strength on the bench.
It should be noted that Mathieu followed up a piss-poor effort in the weight room, by clocking a 4.43 in the 40-yard dash and a sub-7 second time in the 20-yard shuttle. Fine, you’re fast … we’re just surprised you were able to lift your shoes to put them on.
Let’s see if he can add some upper body strength by the time LSU’s pro day rolls around in March. Oh, and another thing … don’t buy another hideous suit like you wore to the 2011 Heisman Trophy ceremony.
The NFL Scouting Combine is in full swing. Agents, coaches, front office personnel and hundreds of former college football superstars are in downtown Indianapolis taking part in the annual festivities.
The Combine gives all prospects (from schools big and small) an even playing field to perform and interview in front of all 32 NFL teams.
Wondering where the prospects are from and which high schools they attended? So were we. With help from our friends at Scout.com, Laces Out did a state-by-state breakdown of each NFL Combinee on the original invite list.
Unsurprisingly, California, Florida and Texas remain as the major pipelines into the NFL, followed by Georgia, Louisiana and Ohio.
For a full breakdown, make sure to download the PDF and follow all the NFL Scouting Combine action on FOXSports.com