Former LSU Tigers star defensive back Tyrann Mathieu is attempting to show NFL teams that he has improved as a person off-the-field after being kicked off of the football team last summer and being out of football for a year. Mathieu has impressed teams on the field during workouts and he is working to convince them he’s a matured man. So far, everything has been working out for the former Heisman Trophy finalist.
Mathieu has been making the rounds and taking part in private workouts around the league.
The latest team to bring Mathieu in for an interview is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Mathieu has been training in Florida since leaving Baton Rouge as he’s been getting his life together.
Stephen Holder of the Tampa Bay Times passed along the news:
Also, former LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu is at One Buc Place for a visit right now. Intriguing prospect for many reasons.
— Stephen Holder (@HolderStephen) April 4, 2013
The Buccaneers clearly need cornerback help and Mathieu has the skill to be an excellent slot corner and return man in the NFL. He could also potentially play safety and even took snaps at linebacker during his time at LSU — though his is too undersized to play linebacker in the NFL.
It is going to be interesting to see what team takes a chance on Mathieu and how he develops as an NFL talent.
When it’s all said and done, I firmly believe he will be a third- or early fourth-round pick in the upcoming draft.