Just recently I was quick to dismiss the idea that the Redskins would use a high pick drafting a player like LSU’s Tyrann Mathieu. The team has stuck closely to the strategy of drafting high-character, senior classmen prospects and Mathieu fits neither criteria. What I did not take into account was who will be joining the redskins in the war room this April however. Current defensive backs coach Raheem Morris’s affinity for troubled players is no secret; he is, in fact, the man who drafted the likes of Aqib Talib and Tanard Jackson during his stint as head coach of Tampa Bay. That being said, it has recently surfaced that the newest apple of Raheem’s eye is none other than, you guessed it, Tyrann Mathieu. Morris apparently views Mathieu as the most talented nickel back in this years draft, and will be banging on the table for his selection when next weekend rolls around.
Tyrann Mathieu’s playmaking ability and nose for the ball are undeniable traits, but apparently so is his nose for marijuana. Mike Shanahan and Bruce Allen have worked hard to slowly change the culture in the locker room, avoiding bringing players such as Mathieu into the fold and still the team has had to deal with headaches of their very own, most notably the suspension of Trent Williams and Fred Davis. Nonetheless, Raheem Morris has influenced many of the teams acquisitions since his arrival in Washington (Just ask EJ Biggers,Kai Forbath, Devin Holland, Tanard Jackson, Dez Briscoe and Jeremy Trueblood) and that doesn’t appear to be stopping anytime soon.
The question remains: have the Redskins built a roster with leaders strong enough to mitigate the risk of drafting a player like Tyrann Mathieu or will he find himself hanging out with Tanard Jackson on the reserved list?
Lets hope the team is sure of their answer.