Tyrann Mathieu is full of LSU pride before the NFL combine.
The former Tigers cornerback used Twitter on Wednesday to offer his support for former LSU cornerback Donte Jackson. Jackson, whose speed has been well-documented, is expected to threaten John Ross’ record time of 4.22 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the NFL combine, which runs from Feb. 27-March 5.
Earlier Wednesday, the NFL’s Twitter account published a graphic asking readers to pick which player has the best chance to break Ross’ record time: Alabama cornerback Tony Brown, Penn State running back Saquon Barkley, Ohio State cornerback Denzel Ward or Jackson.
Mathieu made his rooting interests clear.
— NFL (@NFL) February 21, 2018
It’s great to see Mathieu, taken in the third round by the Arizona Cardinals in the 2013 NFL Draft, supporting Jackson. It stands to reason that Jackson, given his speed, will be allowed a chance to thrive at the next level in much the same way Mathieu has done. Speed, after all, is currency for NFL teams.
Mathieu was named to the Pro Bowl during the 2015 season. He also became a first-team All-Pro that season. He has 307 tackles with 11 interceptions throughout his NFL career.
If Jackson has a similar start to his journey at the next level, he likely will be happy — with or without the record time in the 40-yard dash.