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Arrest makes Tyrann Mathieu likely to enter the NFL draft

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Tyrann Mathieu, the highly talented LSU defensive back who was a Heisman Trophy finalist last year but kicked off the team this year after multiple failed drug tests, has been arrested for marijuana possession in Baton Rouge. Mathieu’s arrest makes it a near certainty that LSU will not let him back on the team next year, meaning he’s likely heading for the 2013 NFL draft.

And that means Mathieu will be one of the most intriguing prospects in next year’s draft. As our own Evan Silva wrote when Mathieu was kicked off the LSU team in August, Mathieu’s ability to change games from the “joker” defensive back position in LSU’s defense was extraordinary. Mathieu forced 11 fumbles, recovered eight fumbles, intercepted four passes recorded six sacks during his two seasons with the Tigers. He was also a tremendous special teams player who returned two punts for touchdowns last year. There’s a reason this guy was a Heisman Trophy finalist.

But there’s also a reason this guy was kicked off the team at LSU, and it’s because he’s a knucklehead at best and someone with a serious drug problem that will never allow him to realize his potential at worst. If he can’t stop getting in trouble now — when he has vowed to clean up his act and said publicly he wants to prove he deserves another shot at playing for LSU — why would any NFL team believe he can stop getting in trouble when he’s a professional?

There are also questions about whether Mathieu is good enough as a pure cover corner to match up with elite NFL receivers, and about whether a player who likes to deliver big hits but weighs just 175 pounds can hold up over the course of a 16-game NFL season. So Mathieu wouldn’t necessarily be a high first-round pick even if he were a choir boy off the field.

Mathieu made so many spectacular plays in two seasons at LSU, however, that some NFL team is bound to become enamored with him. If we’re going to compare him to talented but troubled draft prospects from this year, Mathieu is probably closer to Janoris Jenkins, who went in the second round to the Rams, than to Vontaze Burfict, who went undrafted before signing with the Bengals.

Then again, at the rate Mathieu is getting into off-field trouble, there’s still plenty of time for his draft stock to plummet.

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74 Responses to “Arrest makes Tyrann Mathieu likely to enter the NFL draft”
  1. green41563 says: Oct 25, 2012 7:47 PM

    Stop.
    Arresting.
    People.
    For.
    Pot.

  2. sictransitchris says: Oct 25, 2012 7:48 PM

    The Detroit Lions select…

  3. acmepackers says: Oct 25, 2012 7:50 PM

    Honey Badger don’t give a schitt…

  4. Steve B says: Oct 25, 2012 7:51 PM

    Looks like a ‘Skins late round steal.

  5. rjkilla says: Oct 25, 2012 7:53 PM

    legalize it

  6. scoops1 says: Oct 25, 2012 7:53 PM

    The Lions need him since they were too scared to take Janoris

  7. rickastleydancemoves says: Oct 25, 2012 7:54 PM

    Honey Badger stay smoking big killa.

  8. manassh0le says: Oct 25, 2012 7:55 PM

    You’re right Steve B…Fred Davis will take him under his wing.

  9. beavertonsteve says: Oct 25, 2012 7:56 PM

    I’m actually thinking Patriots. They love being creative on defense, have lots of veteran players and have a willingness to gamble once in a while on red flags.

  10. ravenator says: Oct 25, 2012 7:56 PM

    He should be blackballed from the NFL. It amazes me that people like this will get paid given their inability to act accordingly. Hell probably piss it all away anyhow.

  11. driftw00d says: Oct 25, 2012 7:56 PM

    This guy surely knows all about the joker….and zig-zag, phillie, and swisher too.

  12. delhommed says: Oct 25, 2012 7:57 PM

    Does he have a “SERIOUS DRUG PROBLEM” or does he like to smoke reefer? Which is it? He could do a lot worse than do a little weed. Meanwhile, Leonard Little is probably out driving drunk and recklessly, Ryan Leaf is robbing a family of all their goods so he can buy pills and Larry Johnson just left happy hour and pissed on three women!

  13. jessethegreat says: Oct 25, 2012 8:00 PM

    I would not be upset one bit if Ted Thompson used a 2nd round pick or so on him in the Supplemental Draft. Sure the guy has made some bone-headed choices off the field, but on the field he’s electric.

    Jerruh may regret the Dez pick at this point in time, but if he’d put up Randy Maw numbers his first few years he’d be happy as can be.

    Back to my Packers. I believe Honey Badger would be a great athlete to step into CW21′s shoes when he does decide to hang them up. Dude has some serious SWAGGER!

  14. jwreck says: Oct 25, 2012 8:01 PM

    Don’t see the Badger being used as a pure corner in the NFL, just as he wasn’t a pure corner at LSU. He’ll go to some team who puts a high value on secondary versatility and complicated defensive schemes: Seahawks, Redskins (Current secondary problems notwithstanding, Raheem Morris knows what he’s doing in the defensive backfield), and Rams come to mind. Wherever he goes, if he’s used correctly and can stay out of trouble, and if , he’s going to be a late-round stud.

  15. billsboy88 says: Oct 25, 2012 8:01 PM

    A serious drug problem? He smokes pot, he’s not a heroin addict. The way our justice system treats marijuana users is criminal in its own right, but that’s a whole ‘nuther debate. Still, he really shouldn’t be doing that if he is trying to clean up his image and become a pro athlete.

    If and when he does become a pro, he should absolutely not be a corner. Put him at free safety and let him make plays. He could be the next Ed Reed.

  16. benwaballs11 says: Oct 25, 2012 8:03 PM

    The Browns need another corner.

  17. pooflingingmonkey says: Oct 25, 2012 8:03 PM

    I think weed should be legal too, but just how stupid is this guy? Who’d be dumb enough to give him a multi-million dollar contract, with a six or seven figure signing bonus?

    Answer: Jerry Jones won’t give a Schlitz what Honey Badger did or does.

  18. enochmh2 says: Oct 25, 2012 8:04 PM

    if you can cover you’ll always find a team willing to give you a chance,whether thats right or wrong it is what it is.

  19. honkerdawg says: Oct 25, 2012 8:06 PM

    There are enough knuckleheads in the league now we don’t need another one

  20. frankdatank23 says: Oct 25, 2012 8:06 PM

    i missed the part where he did something wrong.

  21. goodellslovechild says: Oct 25, 2012 8:07 PM

    This has Dallas written all over it. Rob Ryan scheme with Leon Lott trunk capacity…

  22. thestrategyexpert says: Oct 25, 2012 8:09 PM

    Agreed that he should be a Detroit Lion, works for me!

    But I doubt he will want to declare for the draft, it sounded to me a while back that his coach was very open to the idea of him returning next year and was encouraged by his decisions to aggressively work on his off the field problems. My money is he is playing at LSU next year. He needs to raise his stock before risking being a low draft pick, and I can’t imagine LSU wouldn’t take him back unless he had some other major problem, which I’m certainly not going to assume.

  23. radtrigger says: Oct 25, 2012 8:09 PM

    He’ll be a late pick. Get busted several times. Finally ends in jail. Life wasted.

    Next
    Failed
    Life

  24. mdd913 says: Oct 25, 2012 8:10 PM

    He doesn’t have a “serious drug problem”. He’s just a pothead who’s too stupid to understand he’s throwing his life away.

  25. aljack88 says: Oct 25, 2012 8:10 PM

    beavertonsteve says:
    Oct 25, 2012 7:56 PM
    I’m actually thinking Patriots. They love being creative on defense, have lots of veteran players and have a willingness to gamble once in a while on red flags.
    ———————————————————

    If he can break up pass plays, the Pats don’t want him.

  26. teal379 says: Oct 25, 2012 8:11 PM

    Honestly – just because he was busted for pot possession doesn’t mean he only popped positive at LSU for pot.

    Could be anything and you’ll never really know so before you get all indignant over it – realize, pot was this time – doesn’t mean it was every time.

    Someone will take a chance on him in the NFL but it won’t be in the first 3 rounds.

  27. roadbiscuit says: Oct 25, 2012 8:14 PM

    Newsflash: It’ doesn’t matter if it’s legal. It’s on the NFL banned substance list. If he tests positive a time or two in the NFL he’ll get suspended. Drafting players likely to get suspended is stupid.

  28. melikefootball says: Oct 25, 2012 8:17 PM

    The head lines tells it all yea lets get arrested and heck we will go to the NFL.. The NFL should stand up and do something about these trouble players, that don’t go to class on a free ride but have time to get in trouble.

  29. grantlee11 says: Oct 25, 2012 8:22 PM

    I can’t wait to see what kind of smart decisions he makes when he has a couple million dollars in his pocket play with.

  30. thegreatgabbert says: Oct 25, 2012 8:22 PM

    Silva hasn’t been rearing his ugly head here lately. Is he just a draft guy?

  31. mattypbillsmafia says: Oct 25, 2012 8:23 PM

    I’m pretty sure reports when he was dismissed from LSU had him thinking about going to a rehab spot for heroin… I’m not positive so don’t quote me but like I said I think I heard heroin. It’s too bad, for some reason everyone I know that’s younger (I’m 30) seems to know someone that does heroin, I thought people realized how stupid that drug was. I’m from suburban Buffalo an most people I’ve heard that are in to it seem to come from families w/ $$. Hope I’m wrong and he is only smokin nugs but regardless I’ll take his athletic ability and chance to make some serious cheese if he wants to trade.

  32. Maximus Decimus Meridius says: Oct 25, 2012 8:32 PM

    Zero interest from any team

  33. randallflagg52 says: Oct 25, 2012 8:32 PM

    This guy is way too short and skinny to be a success in the NFL. There’s a reason why undersized but great college players (Noel Devine comes to mind) don’t get NFL hype. Add in his immaturity and teams will give him a wide berth.

    Does anyone really think this guy can cover a guy as big as Megatron or as physical as Anquan Boldin? I personally don’t.

  34. 13arod says: Oct 25, 2012 8:33 PM

    somebody will gamble on him in the first round maybe the chargers they been known to take risks?

  35. tomtravis76 says: Oct 25, 2012 8:37 PM

    The dude is just smoking weed, relax. He is just dumb to be the one holding when everyone wants to catch the kid again for smoking some herb.

    He will be making a boat load of cash next season and he will take the right stuff to keep his body clean so he wont fail tests.

  36. Max says: Oct 25, 2012 8:41 PM

    “he’s likely heading for the 2013 NFL draft.” His stock is lower than ENRON.

  37. justinsgonnatuckyomama says: Oct 25, 2012 8:43 PM

    mattypbillsmafia says: Oct 25, 2012 8:23 PM

    I’m pretty sure reports when he was dismissed from LSU had him thinking about going to a rehab spot for heroin… I’m not positive so don’t quote me but like I said I think I heard heroin…
    _________
    Nope. Just pot. To be fair, what he said was “to clean up my lifestyle”. Football players really can’t use harder drugs and stay in the shape they need to be in to succeed on the field.

  38. sfsaintsfan says: Oct 25, 2012 8:48 PM

    First off, I don’t think smoking pot should be a big deal. It should be legalized and controlled so that minors don’t get it, but overall it is not a terrible drug and is probably far safer than the number one legal drug, alcohol.

    In regards to Mathieu, he has known for some time that his possible career in the NFL, and his earlier college career, could be seriously derailed because of pot smoking. He has known for some time that he had to stop smoking pot if he wanted a chance to play for LSU again, and if he wanted a chance to play in the NFL. He decided to keep smoking.

    He has made his decision. Smoking pot is more important to him that football. The NFL Draft should occur and no team should draft him and he should not be invited to camp as a rookie free agent. He has an enormous amount of athletic talent, but he would rather smoke pot than play football. Let him smoke his pot in peace….

  39. naes says: Oct 25, 2012 8:52 PM

    I’d like to see him end up on the Giants. I think the guys in the locker room could get him straightened out.

    Twice a year his job would be to chase RGIII around.

    He could return punts when David Wilson becomes a full time RB.

  40. billsboy88 says: Oct 25, 2012 8:55 PM

    “It’s too bad, for some reason everyone I know that’s younger (I’m 30) seems to know someone that does heroin, I thought people realized how stupid that drug was. I’m from suburban Buffalo an most people I’ve heard that are in to it seem to come from families w/ $$.”

    I gotta agree with you here man, it’s a disturbing trend. These days it always starts with perscription pills then progresses from there. I’ve seen exactly the kind of thing you are describing and have known many that have gone down that path. It’s really sad.

    That said, I truly hope Tyrann’s only vice is weed. If he is in to pain killers of any sort then that is a serious problem and the man needs to get help before it ruins his life. That would be a true tragedy.

  41. superbrown13 says: Oct 25, 2012 8:56 PM

    I’m willing to bet 75% of the league smokes marijuana, the majority just don’t get caught…i’ll take him on my team…

  42. rajbais says: Oct 25, 2012 8:58 PM

    Matthew = 1st signed undrafted free agent!

    Team: Rams.

  43. theharshestreality says: Oct 25, 2012 8:59 PM

    Free agent — and then will follow Maurice Clarett into jail.

  44. fdugrad says: Oct 25, 2012 9:16 PM

    “Wouldn’t be a high first round pick.” If you say so, but isn’t he going to be high no matter what round he is selected? I mean that’s his problem isn’t it?!

  45. ramasez says: Oct 25, 2012 9:17 PM

    Calling it now, he will either be a Cowboy or Redskin this time next year.

  46. geniusesq says: Oct 25, 2012 9:17 PM

    Did you make it rain?

  47. geniusesq says: Oct 25, 2012 9:19 PM

    If Pacman is in the league, then he will be. Come to Washington and toke up with Fred Davis, Trent Williams & Tanard Jackson. #HalfBaked

  48. Duckhomie says: Oct 25, 2012 9:22 PM

    Its not the pot use…its the getting caught. Stay at home and play ps3 for c**ist sake! He is going to end up just like his old man.

  49. edsbay says: Oct 25, 2012 9:23 PM

    I would say smoking weed does not mean you have a drug problem….his real problem is just being caught with a bag of weed.

    Alcohol is about 50 times worse!

  50. raiderapologist says: Oct 25, 2012 9:29 PM

    frankdatank23 says: Oct 25, 2012 8:06 PM

    i missed the part where he did something wrong.
    ——–
    It’s the part where his priorities are kinda gunked up. I like weed, but I’m a nobody, so nobody cares if I smoke it. But I’ve smoked it with plenty of people that had to be discrete, and they never let it become a focal point of their public life. There’s nothing wrong with getting high or getting tied up and spanked, but if there’s money and success involved, you want to keep it quiet.

  51. asseenonokra says: Oct 25, 2012 9:33 PM

    Honey Badger takes what he wants. And boy was he taking it in the BCS Championship game.

  52. geniusfan says: Oct 25, 2012 9:39 PM

    He’ll be a second round pick. Talent trumps character and all it takes is one team to fall in love with you (cough Lions cough) to make it in the NFL.

  53. mattypbillsmafia says: Oct 25, 2012 9:40 PM

    Like I said, don’t quote me on the heroin thing… I really did think I saw something on the sports talk app about it though, either on pft or the college version but the only things that come up when I look for it are all about dank nugs… Not like I was rooting for heroin use by n e means. As far as everyone who says weed isn’t addicting, I have some friends you should meet haha. I have no problem w ppl that smoke, it’s just not my cup of tea, but I’ve seen cases where it definitely controls someones life… Hopefully this kid can pull his $hit together an straighten out. I’m trying to quit smokin cigs an that’s the worst… Good luck honey badger, quit smokin trees an cash in while you can. Just think, when you’re a retired millionaire you can smoke more than lil Wayne…

  54. rcali says: Oct 25, 2012 9:41 PM

    His pot dealer must be really mad since his potential NFL million dollar contract just went down to an undrafted free agent contract of which the league will end up taking most of it in suspensions anyway.

  55. amaf21 says: Oct 25, 2012 9:47 PM

    looks like a jerry jones first round pick.

    just start drinking and driving and killing people as a result. didn’t hurt leonard little’s career at all.

  56. scratchnsniffnblog says: Oct 25, 2012 9:52 PM

    I’m all for legalization, however, this kid can’t put the stuff down when it counts.

    He’s jeopardizing his future due to lack of self-control and that’s a problem whether it’s pot, alcohol, or chocolate milk.

    There are people who get it and people who don’t.

    Honey Badger don’t.

  57. cacheesehead1237 says: Oct 25, 2012 9:54 PM

    Advisor: Hey Tyrann, here’s the deal. Stay away from pot and there is a pile of money waiting for you.

    Tyrann: Okay, I’m on this. i am all over it. No pot for me. Nope.

    Advisor: Great. See you next year and I will give you the pile of money.

    (advisor leaves)

    Tyrann: Hey, look, POT! Mmmmm gonna get me some of that!

    Advisor: bangs head on wall.

  58. cowpiesnotcowboys says: Oct 25, 2012 10:03 PM

    He’s Dallas-bound if he can keep his Wonderlic score to a single digit.

  59. taintedsaints2009 says: Oct 25, 2012 10:11 PM

    Dude is a horrible corner. He can’t cover. He can force a fumble quite well though, and he is a great punt returner.

  60. taintedsaints2009 says: Oct 25, 2012 10:20 PM

    See who else was involved?

    Way to go, Jordan Jefferson! Can’t open a gate, dumbash?

    You can’t make this stuff up.

  61. ascensionparish says: Oct 25, 2012 10:26 PM

    This sucks. Honey Badger was one of the most electrifying college football players i’ve ever seen. Was looking forward to him possibly returning to LSU. Oh well.

  62. goodellsadouche says: Oct 25, 2012 10:51 PM

    from the Bayou Bengals, to the Cinncinati Bengals

  63. stevenfbrackett says: Oct 25, 2012 11:00 PM

    Of all the teams thrown out there as possible suitors, one very obvious one is missing — the Jets. They suck this year and they have shown repeatedly that they are more concerned with getting tons of press than getting just a couple of good players.

    Of course, that could change if they clean house after this season as some predict and hire people who actually are concerned mostly about talent and character. I know, it’s still the Jets, but if they dump enough people it could happen.

  64. opinion157983 says: Oct 25, 2012 11:10 PM

    You are essentially guaranteed to hit the lottery. All you have to do is stay clean. What do you do?

  65. hrmlss says: Oct 25, 2012 11:34 PM

    Smokin’ isn’t the problem I see, although his knuckle headed persistence and idiocy of getting caught is a problem, the fact they were dealing is a flag. The career paths of guys looking to be dealers is not great.
    Local smoking bust, you miss some mini camp. Dealing bust, you are in a federal pen missing a few seasons.

  66. bonnette95 says: Oct 25, 2012 11:38 PM

    Just because he smokes pot doesnt mean he has a so called “drug problem.” People are ignorant when it comes to marijuana and have no idea about the stuff.. Smh at people

  67. acasar123 says: Oct 25, 2012 11:42 PM

    Arrest makes Tyrann Mathieu likely to enter the NFL draft….just another example of how far we’ve fallen as a society!

  68. rjkilla says: Oct 25, 2012 11:53 PM

    newsflash…if it’s not illegal it’s not on the banned substance list. see how that works?

  69. traveye99 says: Oct 26, 2012 10:55 AM

    Here’s the problem with all of you saying this isn’t a big deal because marijuana should be legal. It isn’t legal. So as long as that is the case someone with so much to lose should stay away from it. If it isn’t addictive like you pot heads are saying, then that shouldn’t be so hard.

  70. lar271 says: Oct 26, 2012 11:10 AM

    Looks like a steal for the J-E-T-S! If he stops now and cleans out his system, he’ll be ready to go for the draft.

  71. randallflagg52 says: Oct 26, 2012 12:59 PM

    rjkilla says:Oct 25, 2012 11:53 PM

    newsflash…if it’s not illegal it’s not on the banned substance list. see how that works?

    ==================================

    You do know that half the products they sell at GNC are on many pro sports banned substance list?

  72. rjkilla says: Oct 26, 2012 5:13 PM

    you do know that marijuana isn’t a performance enhancing drug right?

  73. tavia47 says: Oct 27, 2012 12:32 AM

    The heck with all of y’all he’s coming home to play with the saints LOl!! get your own safety”

  74. deleeryus says: Oct 29, 2012 11:04 PM

    raiderapologist says:
    Oct 25, 2012 9:29 PM

    “There’s nothing wrong with getting high or getting tied up and spanked.”

    Actually even THAT is illegal in some states!!! Don’t think it’s illegal here…but if it is…then I’m glad I haven’t been caught yet! ;)

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