Should the Washington Redskins select disgraced LSU defensive back Tyrann Mathieu in this weekend's NFL Draft? Hog Heaven contributors Scott Hirsch and Anthony Brown are in opposite camps. Youthful Hirsch is all in on the Honey Badger. Old school curmudgeon Brown is aghast at the thought.
All good points - and an impressive display of historical knowledge! And yet more proof Niles Paul should have been converted to safety.
I think all good safeties now are pretty much guys that are one step away from jail time for involuntary manslaughter, etc. They are kind of like team Tasmanian Devils that the team unleashes for each game. Pure beasts.
Don't be surprised if Corners start being that type as well (a la Richard Sherman, though I also don't like him).
Involuntary manslaughter? Kind of rough on safeties, aren't you, Hirsch?. I don't see Troy Polamalu or Ed Reed that way. As best I can tell, most NFL players are devoutly religious. Sacrificing one's body for a larger purpose is required in pro football. Players with a religious core are inclined to make that sacrifice. That's my theory and I'm sticking to it.
But, I get the point about hard-hitting safeties. LaRon Landry and Sean Taylor are perfect examples. The game is changing, however, both by rule and by the evolution in the passing game. Big hitters will give way to coverage stoppers. Watch and see.
Mathieu is a physical specimen and a "football player" with potential to change a game. He has also shown repeatedly that he will feed whatever hunger his body craves. He is a risk to be unavailable to the team for off-field foolishness for periods of time.
Jack Tatum, Ohio State, Oakland Raiders safety:
"I like to think my best hits border on felonious assault."