Tyrann Mathieu showed up at the NFL Scouting Combine saying he had put “Honey Badger” behind him.
He’s putting to rest concerns that he would not run well also.
Mathieu ran his first 40-yard dash in 4.43 seconds, unofficially, a solid time for the former LSU defensive back. Mathieu has a lot of damage control to do for his off-field actions and alleged drug issues but on the field he was a consistent playmaker. His second 40 time was 4.50 and the official time has yet to be posted.
Mathieu started 14 games during his career at LSU – 10 at cornerback, three as a nickel back and one at free safety. He was a dangerous man with the ball in his hands and could have return ability in the NFL, especially with the speed he displayed this morning at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner was faster. He clocked at 4.31 and 4.37, the kind of speed that will have him solidly positioned in the first round.
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