Draft Scout Snapshot: A closer look at the Cardinals' picks: Round 3/69 - Tyrann Mathieu, FS, 5-9, 186, Louisiana State...The Cardinals gambled here. Mathieu has a history of troubles, mostly with marijuana. The Cardinals think Mathieu is sincere about changing his life, and they expect his former LSU teammate, Patrick Peterson, to be a mentor. Mathieu will start his NFL career as a free safety. He doesn't have ideal speed for cornerback, and playing safety will give him a chance to roam the field and make plays on the ball, his strength. He also will return punts, along with Peterson. QUOTE TO NOTE: "I couldn't think of a better team to go to. I spent so much time out there with Patrick, that became sort of like my second home. The whole time, I was telling myself, 'don't cry.' I know I'm on the right track." -- Defensive back Tyrann Mathieu. - The Sports Xchange
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04/28/13 - A closer look at the Cardinals' picks: Round 3/69 - Tyrann Mathieu, FS, 5-9, 186, Louisiana State...The Cardinals gambled here. Mathieu has a history of troubles, mostly with marijuana. The Cardinals think Mathieu is sincere about changing his life, and they expect his former LSU teammate, Patrick Peterson, to be a mentor. Mathieu will start his NFL career as a free safety. He doesn't have ideal speed for cornerback, and playing safety will give him a chance to roam the field and make plays on the ball, his strength. He also will return punts, along with Peterson. QUOTE TO NOTE: "I couldn't think of a better team to go to. I spent so much time out there with Patrick, that became sort of like my second home. The whole time, I was telling myself, 'don't cry.' I know I'm on the right track." -- Defensive back Tyrann Mathieu. - The Sports Xchange
04/24/13 - "First-round draft pick" Tyrann Mathieu planning party for Thursday...Former LSU star cornerback Tyrann Mathieu has taken the long way to the 2013 NFL Draft, but it appears the oft-troubled playmaker is ready to make his name in the league. And, if this invitation to Honey Badger's post-party is any indication, Mathieu expects to be taken in the first round Thursday evening. Most draft analysts have Mathieu going somewhere in the second or third round -- if not later -- which means his Thursday night party at SL nightclub in New York City may be a little premature, and potentially somewhat uncomfortable.
Mathieu's skills have never been the issue. A ballhawk while at LSU, Mathieu was the recipient of the 2011 Chuck Bednarik Award, which is given to the nation's top collegiate defender. He was later dismissed from LSU for violating team rules, and he entered a Houston rehab center for help managing his marijuana use. And thus, his draft stock plummeted. Still, if Mathieu can convince teams he can keep his behavior in check, he could be a late-round steal. Or he could be a first-round pick. In this draft, it's hard to tell. - Evan Hilbert, CBSSports.com
04/21/13 - Tyrann Mathieu's career at LSU has been under the microscope recently as the former Heisman Trophy finalist prepares for the 2013 NFL Draft. Mathieu's off-the-field issues, which included an arrest for possession of marijuana, eventually led to his dismissal from the football program. USA Today published a story about Mathieu in advance of the draft that includes a comment from an NFL assistant after the interview process. According to the coach, Matheiu admitted to failing multiple drug tests while at LSU. During one visit, Mathieu was asked how many drug tests he failed before he was suspended in college.
According to an assistant coach for the team, Mathieu responded: "I quit counting at 10. I really don't know." The coach, who spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to comment about the evaluation, doesn't dump all of the blame on Mathieu.He points a finger at LSU. "If he flunked 10 tests before they suspended him, it shows that he got no kind of help," the coach said. - Chip Patterson, CBSSports.com
04/21/13 - Tyrann Mathieu has issued a statement in response to the USA Today story referenced below. "It is irresponsible and shows a lack of integrity for anyone to disclose medical information regardless of how it was gathered," Mathieu said in a statement released by LSU. "I would expect that conversations regarding my drug testing history during the course of my medical treatment would be private. LSU has a strong drug testing program, and LSU went to great lengths to help me in my treatment and recovery. "I understand that many people enjoy reading about the negative side of sports, but to publish those second-hand comments without being given a chance to address that comment prior to the publication of the article is irresponsible." - Chip Patterson, CBSSports.com
03/29/13 - 2013 LSU Pro Day: Tyrann Mathieu, CB (5-9 1/8, 194) - Mathieu looked very good in positional drills. He’s very quick out of his breaks and has great hands. He weighed 6 pounds more than he did at the combine. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com
03/29/13 - 2013 LSU Pro Day: With a large contingent of NFL representatives on-hand, 20 draft-eligible Tigers worked out in Baton Rouge at LSU's on-campus pro day on Wednesday. Most of the top prospects like Barkevious Mingo and Tyrann Mathieu decided to stand on their times from the combine, but several other players were able to perform in front of several general managers and head coaches, including the Steelers' Mike Tomlin and the Saints' Sean Payton.
Mathieu and Mingo participated in positional drills and both impressed throughout the afternoon. Afterward, they were also popular in interviews as well, with the Honey Badger spending extensive time with Tomlin and several of the other NFL assistant coaches on campus. Mathieu is expected to be drafted sometime on the second day of the draft and Mingo is a likely first-round pick. Head coach Les Miles added that he wouldn't be surprised if Mingo is the “first defensive player off the board.” - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
02/26/13 - Because he's the Honey Badger and because that's something we care about (though he isn't interested in the nickname), Tyrann Mathieu got an unholy amount of coverage during Tuesday's defensive back drills at the 2013 NFL Combine. And Mathieu certainly helped his stock. He ran a 4.43 (unofficially) in the 40-yard dash. He displayed ball skills, which we all know he has. And if Deion Sanders was his agent, well, he'd be a top-five pick.
Sanders said that Mathieu is "a leader," a "straight-up dog," and "all that and a bag of chips." (It is apparently 1994. Why didn't anyone tell me this?) Deion also added that "I trust this kid." Mathieu was confident in his own performance, though he also said he came into the day confident as well. "I think I did good. I came into the day extremely confident," Mathieu said. "Believed I could get a 4.4 in my 40. My positional drills I knew all along I was just a natural athlete." - Jeff Reynolds, The Sports Xchange
02/24/13 - Tyrann Mathieu woke up Sunday at 4 a.m. for what will be the first of many NFL drug tests. Two years ago, he was known as the Honey Badger, a mighty mite playmaker who tackled with the force of a sledgehammer and was deployed as a defensive chess piece by LSU coaches who asked him to blitz regularly, play safety and cornerback and man the nickel role to shadow slot receivers. "First of all, I want them to be able to trust me," Mathieu said of what he needs to show coaches and scouts. "I hold myself accountable for everything I've done this past year. "I'm not totally asking them to trust me right now, but what I am asking is for them to give me a chance. I've had a lot of time to reflect on it."
The former LSU cornerback is at the Scouting Combine seeking another second chance. He repeatedly failed drug tests – at least three – and was finally kicked off the team and out of the university in Baton Rouge in August. "All the things that I put before football are really not fun without football," he said. - Jeff Reynolds, The Sports Xchange
02/24/13 - Tyrann Mathieu isn't a first-round prospect for the 2013 NFL Draft, but he got a first-round press conference because of his off-field issues. And the former LSU standout defensive back did a quality job owning up to his issues. Mathieu, who's had numerous run-ins related to marijuana, said he's been in rehab and is currently involved in a drug rehabilitation program. "I've been to rehab. I have counseling. I have a sponsor," Mathieu said.
Asked specifically about the last time he ingested an illegal substance, Mathieu nailed a specific date, which, at least on its face, has to be taken as a good sign. "October 26, 2012," Mathieu said.
He seemed sincere and was certainly forthright with respect to his drug usage and the former Heisman finalist was contrite when it came to going through the public embarrassment of getting booted from school. "I know what it's like to be humiliated," Mathieu said. "To go back down that road? Not a chance in my lifetime."
Mathieu's got a slew of red flags and his draft stock certainly isn't anything resembling high at the moment, but listening to him talk and seeing him prepared for the combine press conference was impressive. He spoke like a guy who is genuinely involved in rehabilitating his life and even went so far as to try to distance himself from the Honey Badger nickname. "If the Honey Badger sticks, it sticks," Mathieu said. "But right now I'm focused on being Tyrann Mathieu." - Will Brinson, CBSSports.com
02/20/13 - 2013 NFL Combine, Next question: It is hard to say if Tyrann Mathieu was rooting for Notre Dame against the rival Alabama Crimson Tide in the BCS title game but it is a pretty fair assumption that the former LSU star is thankful for the Manti Te'o "stealing" the media spotlight.
Having failed multiple drug tests while at LSU, Mathieu was released from scholarship and allowed to consider transferring elsewhere before he ultimately decided to sit out the season and enter the draft early. As such, teams will want to know how he spent his year off the field. How well the Honey Badger is able to convince teams that he'll be able to keep his paws clean from here on out could determine whether he's selected on the second day, midway through the third or drafted at all. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com