NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Jets were left with a gaping hole at the cornerback position when general manager John Idzik traded Darrelle Revis to the Buccaneers, but there’s a man out there who thinks he can fill the four-time Pro Bowler’s void.
No, he’s not a fellow Pro Bowler. He’s not an NFL veteran. Heck, he’s not even in the National Football League.
He goes by the name of “Honey Badger.”
When asked if he could replace Revis for New York, former LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu confidently told reporters, “I feel like I’m the guy to do it.”
The controversial 20-year-old, who was dismissed from the LSU football team in 2012 for violating team rules, did acknowledge that Gang Green hasn’t shown any interest in him.
Mathieu told reporters that he did meet with the Giants, however, at the Senior Bowl and the NFL Combine. But he doesn’t believe that he’ll end up with Big Blue.
“I think they’re interested, but I think they’re gonna play their cards right,” he said. “I don’t think they’ll draft me. I don’t think they’re that interested. It’s just my gut feeling.”
The 2011 Heisman Trophy finalist has been projected by many to go in the second or third round of the NFL Draft, but the New Orleans native still firmly believes that he’s a first-round talent.
“I expect to go in the first round, yes I do,” Mathieu said. “I think I’m a first-round talent, but I think I’ll fall to the second.”
In two seasons with LSU, the 5-foot-9, 186-pounder recorded 136 tackles, six sacks, four interceptions and 11 forced fumbles in 26 games. In 2011 he was a Consensus All-American, a First-Team All-SEC selection and the SEC Defensive Player of the Year.
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