Mathieu's talent level is up for debate. Yes, he's a "playmaker." But does he have the skill set to be a quality cover cornerback? His initial role should be in the slot as a nickel corner. That's essentially a starting position in the NFL.
Bryant is entitled to his opinion, but we don't think it's all off-field concerns that is moving Mathieu down the boards. Even if Mathieu had a "clean" resume, there's no guarantee he would be a first-round draft pick. Bryant, on the other hand, would have been a top-five pick if not for his red flags.