I really want to love this guy but can't as much as some on this board. Besides their similarities being extremely undersized and used in a similar role as Mathieu (blitz heavy and often in the slot), I think Tyrann Mathieu is night and day a better prospect and playmaker.
Joyner doesn't have the looseness in the hips, nose for the ball, and natural play making ability that Mathieu did. Don't get me wrong he is quick, gritty, hits like someone twice his size, and a solid football player, but almost every single one of his biggest plays came off of blitzes where he went untouched to the qb or a tip where he was in the right place at the right time. I don't see him making the same type of self-made plays that Mathieu did and he is not close to Mathieu from a special team's perspective. I would love him as a 3rd rounder but he doesn't do enough things special to make up for his woeful lack of size (enough to be a 1st or 2nd rounder). With all that said I would draft him in a heartbeat in the 3rd round because I do think he could make a starting caliber cb/s tweener for a creative coordinator.
[ Edited by 49oz2superbowl on Feb 11, 2014 at 8:39 PM ]