He’s one of the most talked about prospects at the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine. His talent stands out, but so does his nickname. He might not want to be known by it, but as much as Tyrann Matheiu wants to be remembered for his play-making ability at LSU, he’ll always be known as the “Honey Badger.”
That’st just what happens when you become a pop culture phenomenon.
Nonetheless, the LSU cornerback put his best foot forward Tuesday at the combine with an unofficial 4.43, 40-yard dash. Mathieu was a Heisman Trophy finalist in 2011, but was kicked off the Tigers football team in 2012 for repeatedly violating the team’s substance abuse policy.
Mathieu aims to change the perception of him and looking past the nickname is part of it.
“I’m Tyrann right now but if the Honey Badger sticks, it sticks,” the 5-foot-9, 186-pound cornerback with return ability said at the combine. “Right now I’m focused on being Tyrann Matheiu.”
Teams, too, are focused on getting to know the real Matheiu. They’ve seen the highlight-worthy plays he reeled off in 2011, but also know about the issues he faced the following season.
Mathieu has time to improve his image, running a solid 40 time is a step in the right direction.
Track all the combine statistics here.
SI.com noted that Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner boosted his draft stock significantly with a 4.31, unofficial 40 time.
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee noted the 49ers don’t officially have a trade partner lined up for Alex Smith, according to league sources.
Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com shared the 49ers-related rumors he heard in Indianapolis.
John Clayton of ESPN.com discussed the linebackers and defensive linemen’s combine performances from Monday.
Russ Lande of NationalFootballPost.com also weighed in on the front-seven players.
Dane Brugler of CBSSports.com offered a new mock draft with the 49ers taking Mississippi State cornerback Jonathan Banks with the No. 31 overall pick.
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