Bill Polian is recognized around the NFL for his legendary work as a scout and general manager from 1978-2011. However, since he became a draft analyst, Polian has now become famous for his questionable draft analysis and getting roasted for laughable evaluations on players.
Monday marked seven years since the Arizona Cardinals drafted defensive back Tyrann Mathieu with their third-round pick. Before the 2013 NFL Draft, though, Polian appeared on ESPN and ripped Mathieu’s character, abilities and said he would never consider drafting him.
Mathieu didn’t pass on an opportunity to roast Polian for his extensive criticism years ago. But, instead of showing off his Super Bowl ring, Mathieu focused on his accomplishments as a person and teammate rather than as a player.
Mathieu certainly experienced his share of off-field issues with the LSU Tigers, including his ultimate dismissal due to reportedly failing multiple drug tests. However, the 27-year-old has proven to be a great teammate, player and advocate for communities ever since.
Of course, Mathieu’s achievements on the field are just as impressive. Named a first-team All-Pro for the second time in his career, Mathieu played an integral role in the Kansas City Chiefs winning Super Bowl LIV.
Admittedly, Polian’s old analysis on Mathieu isn’t his worst example of draft expertise. We’re only a few years removed from Polian saying Lamar Jackson needed to move to wide receiver, an opinion that is even more dumbfounding than it was in 2018.