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Tyrann Matthieu To Visit Bengals, Per Reports

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The Bengals already checked out the Honey Badger on his turf, but according to reports, they'll host the defensive back in Cincinnati sometime in April.


The Bengals will host former LSU defensive back Tyrann Matthieu, also known as Honey Badger, sometime in April, according to

Matthieu already had a private workout with the Bengals in which he returned punts, but the Benglas, along with several other teams, will be hosting the talented defensive back and return specialist.

According to our source the Consensus All-American (2011) has up coming visits scheduled with ten NFL teams between April 2nd through the 17th. The Cleveland Browns, Minnesota Vikings, Buffalo Bills, Cincinnati Bengals, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New England Patriots, Arizona Cardinals, Houston Texans, Oakland Raiders and Miami Dolphins.

Mathieu made more of a name for himself for getting in trouble off the field than his play on the field, but there's no denying his talent. According to Pro Football Talk's Michael David Smith, Mathieu looks like a third or fourth-round pick.

In November, when Mike Florio surveyed NFL talent evaluators about former LSU defensive back Tyrann Mathieu, the general consensus was that Mathieu was a fourth-round draft pick. If Mathieu has improved his draft stock by working out and staying out of trouble since then, he hasn't improved it by much.

Mike Mayock reported on NFL Network on Tuesday that there was a buzz coming out of the Combine that Mathieu impressed NFL teams, both with his faster-than-expected 40-yard dash and with his forthright answers to the tough questions teams were asking about how he allowed marijuana to derail his college career. But there's only so much a player can do in February to change NFL teams' opinions about him.

The Bengals have a talented secondary but they're not quite sure what they have in former first-round pick Dre Kirkpatrick yet. Adding a player of Mathieu's abilities would do nothing but strengthen the team's secondary as well as special teams, however, the Bengals would have to make sure that his issues with drugs are in the past. While a fourth-round pick isn't the same as a first, it's still more than most teams are willing to throw away on a player that is just going to get in trouble.