Safety 1: Tyrann Mathieu, Kansas City Chiefs
One of the best things about Mathieu’s game is his ability to blitz. He has been tasked with blitzing a number of times during his career and his 4.5-second speed is a big factor in his success.
Mathieu has played now for three teams since being drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft. In 2018, he tied his career-high in tackles with 89 (2013 was the other season he reached that total). Clearly, he is a physical tackling machine.
He ranked fourth among free safeties in the NFL in tackles while with the Houston Texans. In the AFC West, only Justin Simmons had more.
Mathieu is a player I wish the Denver Broncos had signed when he was a free agent. His aggressiveness is extremely appealing and something the team would have benefited from. But now they will have to face him twice a year and that has the potential to be scary.
The AFC West became a stronger division with Mathieu’s arrival. He also instantly becomes one of the better players on a Chiefs defense that wasn’t overly impressive last season. Quarterbacks need to be aware of his whereabouts at all times.