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Morning Tailgate: Honey Badger Runs the 40

Posted by Taylor Price on February 26, 2013 – 9:07 AM

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.

49ers.com shared our annual 22-man, “All-Combine Personality Team.”



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13 Responses to “Morning Tailgate: Honey Badger Runs the 40”

  1. By tanglung on Feb 26, 2013 | Reply


  2. By mfkram64 on Feb 26, 2013 | Reply

    dave g. i agree…they need a shut down cb..to help rogers..they flushed flacco out of the pocket alot and the cb’s didn’t cover very well…jones td is a prime example…culliver got picked on all day…and games before the super bowl the coverage was weak…i say if they don’t get a fa cb then get a big time fa d-line guy and draft a cb at 31st…i like rhodes and trufant also like tavon austin wr/kick/punt returner a burner…he is what they need..get d-line in 2/3 rds…

  3. By mfkram64 on Feb 26, 2013 | Reply

    they get the chiefs 3rd rd. pick this year and next for smith is my call..remember chiefs 3rd rd pick is like second rd…niners r in great positon this year for a block buster draft..were 3-4 guys could start…get a cb,d-line,wr and kicker… i like all these picks..it’s a deep draft in positons the niners need…

  4. By mfkram64 on Feb 26, 2013 | Reply

    build this team through the draft and get a f.a. here and there to fill in spots..like i said before i like freeny if they get him at a good price..c-r cromentie or asomunga again at a good price…combine is over now it’s time for free agents..

  5. By mfkram64 on Feb 26, 2013 | Reply

    one more thing i love gore but he has a 2-4 year window and it’s time to get a rb to fill his shoes…dixon isn’t the guy and hunter/james r change of speed guys…so rb is a position they need to address…

  6. By Hmrhead1 on Feb 27, 2013 | Reply

    It cracks me up when you disagree with someone’s opinion on this site and that somehow makes you incapable of having any knowledge of the game.

    I’ll say it again. Prior to the NE game, our secondary played well. We had beaten Rodgers and Brees and shut out Brady for an entire half. From the 2nd half of that NE game thru the SB, our ability to pressure the QB significantly dropped and our secondary gave up more big plays. Now, we can look at that as being in line with Justin’s departure or simply chalk it up as mere coincidence. Personally, i believe that Justin’s injury allowed other teams to not require a double team on JS and therefore being able to double Aldon. In my opinion, that lack of pa$$ rush is what caused the issues in the secondary and the game tape that i watched reflects my opinion.

    So unless the CB is first name Revis, last name Island, i truly believe we should be targeting front four personnel who display qb pressure skills. Fix this and we “fix” our secondary.

  7. By Hmrhead1 on Feb 27, 2013 | Reply

    A 2nd rounder for AS?!?! Wow Baalke! You are the man!

    Ammo for Revis??? Hmmmm

  8. By mfkram64 on Feb 27, 2013 | Reply


  9. By mfkram64 on Feb 27, 2013 | Reply

    i think they need a monster d-line and cb..go spend the money and get these guys..justin smith is rehabing and not the youngest i love’em but aldon isn’t a every down guy..is got tired and teams made him cover more which isn’t his specailty…at wr they have to see were manningham is in rehab that was a bad injury and to come back from it is going to be tough..that leaves crabs…forget moss to old and to me wore out his welcome…jenkins who knows…they need wr help big time…

  10. By 49erdefense2012 on Feb 27, 2013 | Reply

    I agree with you 100% hmrhead,,lack of p,a,s,s, rush had a direct impact on our coverage units,,we NEED strength and depth on our D-line, and with trent working his magic once again, we aquire the chiefs snd rounder in this years draft. that means we can pick 3 possibly 4 times in the first 50 picks,,THAT IS AWESOME,,,with our first 4 picks we should be able to IMMEDIATELY get help on the d-line thereby helping the coverage units,,,IN HARBAUGH WE TRUST

  11. By 49erdefense2012 on Feb 27, 2013 | Reply

    I said it when parys haralson got hurt, and im saying it again, aldon smith is a great SITUATIONAL type of player. he has shown that he cant set an edge against the run, but he can rush the hell out of the qb. too many times I saw TE’s take care of him one on one at the line of acrimmage. parys haralson could play DE in a base 4-3, he is a big dude,aldon is more of a “tweener” the 49ers need a guy who can play ROLB in our base 3-4 but could also play DE in a 4-3 base.,,maybe aldon’s shoulder injury was worse than we were led to believe, but I saw with my own two eyes what happend to aldons production when we lost justin smith, the tape dont lie and while aldon is one of the best pa$$ rushers in the league, he cant set the edge againt the runs and stretch plays that were constantly run to his side of the field, he also needs more work in drop back coverages. the NEEDS for the 49ers are evident to everyone, including our coaching staf,,and you know what 49er faithful,,I aint worried about a thing, and you know why im not worried about a thing?,,because,,IN HARBAUGH WE TRUST!!!

  12. By bow53 on Feb 27, 2013 | Reply

    trent and JH are genius, now, will wait in see there next move in this coming F.A.. I know they have already something or somebody in there minds and also during the draft…as u said 49erdefense ‘IN HARBAUGH WE TRUST”!!!!!

  13. By tanglung on Feb 27, 2013 | Reply


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