Tyrann Mathieu was able to watch Delvin Breaux as he rose through the ranks of the New Orleans football system.
He heard about his play in pee-wee leagues and then was able to see Breaux play in high school at McDonogh 35. If Breaux hadn’t suffered a spinal injury that wiped out his collegiate career, Mathieu believes the public would be looking at Breaux in a different light — and perhaps even one of the better cornerbacks in the NFL.
“Had he not hurt his neck he would have been in the same conversation as (Arizona Cardinals cornerback) Patrick Peterson because they did have some of the same physical tools,” Mathieu, a safety for the Cardinals, said. “He was big strong and fast and before he hurt his neck he just completely dominated high school receivers in New Orleans.”
Mathieu isn’t the only one who believes that. Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro saw the comments made by the Cardinals safety and agreed with the sentiment.
Vaccaro has already said that he believes Breaux has the potential to be a superstar for the Saints. He swears he isn’t providing lip service.
“I’m not trying to boost him at all,” Vaccaro said. “He hasn’t played a game yet, but as far as going against our offense every day … we’re going against our ones now, you know what I’m saying? This is one of the best offenses year after year.”
Vaccaro was asked if Breaux’s inexperience — he joined the NFL this offseason after previously playing in the CFL — was his only weakness. He didn’t agree with the assessment.
“I haven’t seen much weakness as far as his transition to the game,” Vaccaro said. “He’s just real calm, collected, when the ball’s in the air there’s no panic. You’d think he’s been here for like, four or five years.”