Tyrann Mathieu’s High Upside Will Pay Dividends for Arizona Cardinals

May 25, 2013   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The Arizona Cardinals took a risk selecting former LSU defensive back Tyrann Mathieu in the third round of the 2013 NFL draft, but he'll make sure they won’t regret it.
Mathieu had an impressive career with the LSU Tigers on the field. In 2011, he took home several awards including SEC Defensive Player of the Year, SEC Championship Game MVP, Cotton Bowl Defensive MVP and, of course, the Chuck Bednarik Award, given to the top defensive player in the country.
Clearly, Mathieu knows how to play football. The problem, however, was that he had issues off the field, which plagued his draft stock considerably. Mathieu was suspended from LSU after failing the team’s drug policy and was later dismissed from the team for violating team rules. An assistant coach told Jarrett Bell of USA Today that the corner failed at least 10 drug tests.
After missing all of what would’ve been his junior season, Mathieu declared for the NFL draft, hoping that a team would see wha...

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