Brooks: Planning to perfection
Bucky Brooks puts on his GM hat, laying out the optimal draft-day strategies -- including contingencies -- for all 32 teams. More ...
The defensive back with the most question marks in McGinn's series was, of course, LSU's Tyrann Mathieu.
"He's a hell of a punt returner, but he's not that great a player," one personnel man told McGinn. "Besides, we got enough guys on our team that smoke dope. Why do I want one that might be smoking it in his room the night before a game?"
Nine of the 12 personnel people McGinn asked said they wouldn't draft or sign Mathieu.
Mathieu didn't even make McGinn's top 10 cornerbacks ranking. However, it only takes one team to fall in love with the undersized corner.
"I did not want to like him, but he is fantastic," one scout said. "I know he's five-eight and three-quarters, but when you watch that tape all he does is make plays, and he's an excellent returner. He moves from the corner to the slot. He could play safety. And does he hit. Wow. If you're a wealthy team, you take a shot."
The 12 scouts had little agreement about which round the cornerback formerly known as "The Honey Badger" would be drafted: second round (one vote), third round (five), fourth round (three) and fifth round (three).