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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11/04/13 - --S Tyrann Mathieu appears to have taken over the starting job from Rashad Johnson. Johnson missed three games because of a severed fingertip. But Mathieu started last week and Johnson played in passing situations. Mathieu moves to nickel cornerback in sub packages.
10/28/13 - S Tyrann Mathieu intercepted his second pass of the season but he dropped another against Atlanta that he might have returned for a touchdown.
"I was extremely close, man," Mathieu said. "Now I've got to give my defensive backs $100. It's $100 for every dropped interception."
10/10/13 - S Tyrann Mathieu, a rookie, recorded his first sack last week.
09/25/13 - S Tyrann Mathieu struggled last week to cover Saints tight end Jimmy Graham, but Mathieu did have an interception that ended a scoring threat.
09/24/13 - S Tyrann Mathieu, a rookie, has made big plays in every game this year. He has forced a fumble, made key stop on fourth down and intercepted a pass.
09/16/13 - S Tyrann Mathieu has played in two NFL games and made big plays in both. He caused a fumble to save a touchdown in the opener. And Sunday, he made a tackle on fourth down to end the Lions' final possession.
"That boy is a baller," defensive end Darnell Dockett said. "You cannot tell him he's not the best at what he does. Any time he steps on the field, it's personal for him."
09/12/13 - S Tyrann Mathieu played 39 snaps last Sunday and made an impact. He forced a fumble that stopped a touchdown, had five tackles and a pass defensed.
08/20/13 - S Tyrann Mathieu. The Cardinals took a risk by drafting Mathieu in the third round. He was kicked off the LSU team last year because of multiple failed drug tests he now admits was caused by multiple failed drug tests. In his first summer in the NFL Mathieu has stayed clean off the field. On the field, he's everywhere. He's played well through two preseason games and it appears he will be an integral part of sub packages and perhaps more.
08/11/13 - S Tyrann Mathieu. He forced turnovers on almost every day of practice last week. He's small, only 180 pounds, but he has a knack for forcing fumbles and generally being around the ball. Mathieu probably won't be an official starter, but he will play the same amount as many of them. He is playing in most nickel and dime alignments, and the Cardinals are confident he can come up with turnovers.
04/28/13 - The Cardinals are well aware they took a risk in the third round by drafting LSU defensive back Tyrann Mathieu, who was suspended his final year in college for various transgressions, including failed drug tests. Mathieu will have to meet certain conditions with the Cardinals, including weekly drug tests and counseling sessions. "At the end of the day, there is always an element of risk with any of these picks," said general manager Steve Keim. "We're going to take the necessary measures to make sure he walks the straight and narrow." - The Sports Xchange