Originally a 2013 3rd round pick of the Arizona Cardinals out of LSU, the ‘Honey Badger’ is an NFL defensive back who really needs no other introduction—as a Super Bowl Champion, 3x NFL All-Pro, and 3x NFL Pro Bowler,
and at a listed 5’9”, 190 pounds, notoriously known for playing much bigger than his size with such fearlessness and tenacity.
The 9-year veteran safety is coming off a season for the Chiefs in which he recorded 76 tackles (60 solo), 2 tackles for loss, 3
interceptions (1 returned for a touchdown), 6 passes defensed, a sack, and 3 fumble recoveries during all 17 starts in 2021.
Per PFF (subscription), Mathieu was their 38th best graded safety with a +67.4 overall grade—including a +75.7 pass coverage grade.
Known for his tremendous defensive versatility, Mathieu is the modern hybrid safety/nickel linebacker prototype, who can run, cover,
and blitz from within the box or outside—as well as even defend the slot.
He also has the unique ability to generate takeaways, with 9 total interceptions combined over the past two seasons.