And sometimes successful cornerbacks build up a great deal of self confidence, so much that they feel as though they’re the mighty Atlas, holding the world high and preventing the crumble of mankind. Eventually when this happens the cornerbacks in question turn into intolerable egotistical dirtbags, and they bicker with each other until an explosion wipes out everyone involved.
Tyrann Mathieu hasn’t played a single snap of meaningful NFL football, and he won’t until September. Yet he already very much has the mind of a cornerback.
Mathieu earned the right to be confident earlier this morning during the final day of the Scouting Combine when he showed that whatever he may or may not lack in off-field discipline, he can make up for it with his on-field athleticism. Despite sitting out what would have been his final season at LSU while trying to reassemble his life following a drug problem, Mathieu had fine showings in the 40-yard dash, posting times of 4.43 and 4.50. That’s still much slower than Dee Milliner, the draft’s top CB who almost surely solidified his top five status — and likely future employment with the Lions or Eagles — when he posted a time of 4.31.
Still, Mathieu was impressive, showcasing ball skills that have many experts buzzing about his ability to be a regular slot corner. And he’s cool with that, because he thinks he can do more than just shut down the best receivers in football.
He thinks he can do a lot more.
Mathieu on covering Megatron: “He’d catch 5 balls, but I’d get 2 turnovers. Even.” Deion: “Not even if he gets 6.” Mathieu: “I’d get 6 too.”
— Evan Silva (@evansilva) February 26, 2013