The usual array of future NFL players will be on display at LSU’s pro day today, including a guy who didn’t even play for them last year.
Among the 27 players working out for NFL scouts will be cornerback Tyrann Mathieu, back on campus for the first time since being arrested for marijuana possession last October (after he had been kicked off the team for multiple positive drug tests).
“Here’s a guy who’s worked awfully hard to be a part of us and is deserving to work out in a place where he participated in ball,” LSU coach Les Miles said, via Jim Kleinpeter of the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “I think he’ll be most comfortable in these surroundings. I think we have made a positive impact on him. I suspect he will be understanding of the path that he needs to have success. I think that will guide his steps.
“I talked to him. His traditions are here. I wouldn’t want him to have to go someplace else. I’m satisfied he’s taking positive steps toward his future.”
Mathieu’s worked to rehabilitate his image as much as anything since he left LSU. He’s worked with Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson, and he walked into the Combine with his hat in his hand in February.
Today, he’ll get back to showing what he can do, where he used to do it.