Former LSU star Tyrann Mathieu to enter NFL Draft
Former LSU defensive back Tyrann Mathieu plans to enter the 2013 NFL Draft. Mathieu, a 2011 Heisman finalist, has not played in a college game in eleven months after he was dismissed from the LSU team in August.
According to ESPN.com, Mathieu was suspended due to a substance abuse issue which was only exacerbated when the 20-year-old was arrested on a marijuana possession charge last month.
The “Honey Badger,” as he is nicknamed, considered transferring to a smaller school, but ultimately chose to stay at LSU and join a rehab clinic, with an eye towards rejoining the Tigers’ football team in 2013.
Now, that plan appears to have changed, with the dynamic cornerback and kick returner looking to enter the NFL Draft.
During his sophomore season at LSU, Mathieu led the team in tackles and accounted for eight takeaways, including two interceptions, according to CBS Sports. He also scored four non-offensive touchdowns as a punt returner.
CBS Sports also reports that, before the season, NFL scouts projected Mathieu as a potential first or second-round pick.