Patrick Peterson is pushing Tyrann Mathieu

Reuters

Former LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu has gone from a Heisman Trophy finalist as a sophomore to a player whose off-field problems left him without a team to a guy who just wants to convince some NFL franchise to give him a chance. In an attempt to prove he’s committed, he’s working with one of the best young players in the league at his position.

Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson, who played with Mathieu at LSU, has been pushing Mathieu through pre-Combine workouts, which are being overseen by Peterson’s dad, Patrick Peterson Sr. The elder Peterson told the New Orleans Times-Picayune that the 6-foot-1, 219-pound Peterson is making the 5-foot-9, 175-pound Mathieu get physical with him, the way a receiver like Julio Jones or Calvin Johnson would get physical with a smaller cornerback.

“Patrick goes at him hard; he’ll push him on the ground or whatever he’s got to do to get Tyrann prepared,” Peterson Sr. said. “NFL wide receivers are a whole other animal with Julio and Megatron. He’s a small guy already and they’re going to want to take advantage of his size. But Tyrann is very tough, a tough guy to muscle because he’s pretty strong himself.”

Although he was one of the best defensive and special teams players in college football in 2011, Mathieu has two strikes against him in that his size is far from ideal for the NFL, and that his off-field problems ended his college career early. There’s not much Mathieu can do about either of those problems now, but what he can do is show up at the Combine in good shape. Peterson is making sure that happens.

36 responses to “Patrick Peterson is pushing Tyrann Mathieu

  1. Three strikes – Mike Mayock says Mathieu also does not have top end NFL speed – more like 4.55. Someone will take a chance on him, but not until mid to late rounds when the risk is less.

  2. I would love for the saints to pick up this guy in the 4th or so round, could be used well as a return man and nickel corner.
    Would be a good pick for whoever gets him if he stayed out of trouble.

  3. Here we go again. It’s that time of year when all the “experts” tell us who can’t do this or that because he’s too short or can’t run fast in a straight line for 40 yds. Then every season we watch them prove you wrong again and again. Put down the measuring tape and pick up the guys highlight tape.

  4. Can’t wait to see who’ll roll the dice on this guy, and how high in the draft they’ll be willing to go.

    Too many question marks and way too much risk if I was a GM.

  5. A tough guy to muscle? LOL! He’s short, and all the muscle in the world isn’t going to make him bigger. The bigger receivers and quarterbacks would eat him alive, and he can’t his muscle in retaliation, cause in the NFL, that will get the CB a flag, everytime. He might garner a 7th round pick, but more than likely, an invitation to a camp as an undrafted free agent.

  6. Not worth the risk of drafting until day three, (rounds 4-7).

    Mathieu’s story is a sad one. To go from a Heisman finalist to getting the boot in just a few month is evidence of questionable (at best) character and decision making.

    Great talent, and would likely stick in the NFL as a return specialist. He may not have top-flight speed, but his shiftiness and change of direction ability can make defenders miss. And if he really is too small to play defense, I’m sure some team could find a way to get him the ball on offense. It worked for Devin Hester, who came into the league as a DB.

  7. Somebody will take a chance on this and well they should, he is a playmaker with a capital P. I don’t know about all that top end speed stuff but I do know when he was returning punts and interceptions he looked pretty fast too me.

  8. Crossing my fingers that he falls to the bottom of the 2nd round and Ozzie didn’t already wipe him off of his draft board. The kid has a knack for the ball like Ed Reed. He obviously doesn’t have the speed to play corner at the next level. Let Ed take him under his wing for a couple years, have him bulk up, play special teams, run back some punts and then pass him the FS torch and turn him loose. The kid plays like a Raven.

  9. Saints will draft mingo in the first round and pick up Matthieu in either a late round or as an undrafted free agent. Too small to play? What’s Darren sproles’ excuse?

  10. I hate the SEC and was disgusted by his off the field actions, but something about this guy screams Bob Sanders to me.
    Might be worth a look in a “Tampa 2” as a strong safety. Protecting the middle of the field and hitting people seems to be his specialty.

  11. Mike Brown “The Redeemer” We’ll take him in Cincy, hell, I’d give up the Carson Palmer pick, early second round for him. Your new roommate is Vontez Berfict, so get used to it. If you don’t have drugs, and don’t drive drunk, guess what, you won’t get arrested in Cincy. So use cabs, leave your weed at home, and you’ll be fine. That’s what everyone else does here. Why is that so hard?

  12. He is worth a 4th round pick, as long as he does well in his interviews and shows genuine contrition.

    He probably needs football to stay out of trouble and stay focused, so I would certainly spend a 4th rounder on him.

  13. “len462 says:
    Feb 20, 2013 10:15 AM
    Here we go again. It’s that time of year when all the “experts” tell us who can’t do this or that because he’s too short or can’t run fast in a straight line for 40 yds. Then every season we watch them prove you wrong again and again. Put down the measuring tape and pick up the guys highlight tape.”

    2011 National Championship game? Got exposed by Norwood

  14. Why is it that these 5-9, 175 lbs guys choose to play a position that usually requires some height, strength and speed? It would be ok if the position just needed good hands or smooth hips, but it doesn’t. I’d have to say that Peterson is the prototypical DB. Pushing this kid is one thing, but pushing him to a position he’d be successful at would be much better. Tyrann Mathieu is more like Steve Tasker than Patrick Peterson. What about special teams? KR, PR or kickoff coverage? Because this kid is not going to be able to hang with NFL Receivers. They are much different than College Receivers.

  15. I hope Arizona sees the connection with him and Peterson. I would be very excited to see him drafted in the later rounds with AZ. If his size is a concern for CB then his ball skills could be very useful as a safety.

  16. EJ says:
    Feb 20, 2013 1:05 PM
    Why is it that these 5-9, 175 lbs guys choose to play a position that usually requires some height, strength and speed? It would be ok if the position just needed good hands or smooth hips, but it doesn’t. I’d have to say that Peterson is the prototypical DB. Pushing this kid is one thing, but pushing him to a position he’d be successful at would be much better. Tyrann Mathieu is more like Steve Tasker than Patrick Peterson. What about special teams? KR, PR or kickoff coverage? Because this kid is not going to be able to hang with NFL Receivers. They are much different than College Receivers.
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    There is a reason Claiborne won best DB even while Honeybadger was up for the heisman, he plays CB like a safety, and should be a safety in the NFL. Even though he actually has prototypical NFL CB size (not speed though). NFL corners have never been tall/physical until the Seahawks duo emerged.
    I just hope the Skins don’t grab him late with one of their picks

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