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Cardinals finally give Mathieu a reason to celebrate

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He’s a day late, and in another city, but there’s finally reason for LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu to have a party.

The Cardinals just selected the talented but troubled Mathieu with the 69th overall pick.

Mathieu will have plenty of support in Arizona, as Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson has become a mentor, training him through the offseason to prepare him for the Combine.

The Cards also drafted LSU linebacker Kevin Minter in the second round, adding another familiar face.

He’ll need all that, as he’s trying to make the most of a second chance, after multiple failed drug tests in college.

He can play, but that has never been the question. Having his name attached to a party in New York that was later cancelled (when it became embarrassing) was the latest smudge.

But the Cards are willing to take that chance, hoping his ability to cover receivers like Tavon Austin of the Rams makes up for the headaches.

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58 Responses to “Cardinals finally give Mathieu a reason to celebrate”
  1. blackandbluedivision says: Apr 26, 2013 9:02 PM

    $20 says he walks into the practice facility and they had him a cup to pee in.

  2. butthatmakestoomuchsense says: Apr 26, 2013 9:02 PM

    People forget how PHENOMENAL Mathieu was in 2011. The absolute definition of a playmaker and a gamechanger.

  3. logicalvoicesays says: Apr 26, 2013 9:03 PM

    Iam upset. The Cardinals are good for nothing. #ForeverMediocreCards

  4. abninf says: Apr 26, 2013 9:03 PM

    See kids, if you fail more drug tests than you can remember, get kicked out of school and get arrested on a drug charge after all that then you too can get a job in the NFL a few months later.

  5. nolaisadump says: Apr 26, 2013 9:04 PM

    Hey this is still America, everybody deserves a 14th chance.

  6. blackngold4life says: Apr 26, 2013 9:04 PM

    Bruce Arians really tyrna build a squad over there..Good luck, keep ya nose clean

  7. swashbucklin says: Apr 26, 2013 9:04 PM

    That’s a reach if I’ve ever seen one

  8. blacknole08 says: Apr 26, 2013 9:06 PM

    This is a great move by the Cards. Probably will be one of the steals of this entire draft. With the emergence of Russell Wilson and Kaepernick the Cards need players who can stop the zone read.

    Also the Rams added Tavon Austin. Matheiu matches up well against him.

    Pair him up with Patrick Peterson and you got two DBs that will not only force turnovers but also have some playmaking ability upon getting those turnovers.

    He’s got so much potential. But can he stay out of trouble?

  9. baymac408 says: Apr 26, 2013 9:06 PM

    I really wanted NINERS to get him bad.. Good pick

  10. dirtydrew says: Apr 26, 2013 9:07 PM

    Spark one up for the Ganja Badger.

  11. thesteelers says: Apr 26, 2013 9:07 PM

    Celebratory blunt?

  12. cullimon says: Apr 26, 2013 9:07 PM

    Good luck! Can’t help but root for him. Patrick is a huge help to Tyrann so we may see an elite AZ backfield soon

  13. norcalmafia says: Apr 26, 2013 9:08 PM

    Man wanted him on the Niners..Good pick up for Arizona..

  14. robolundgren says: Apr 26, 2013 9:08 PM

    Light ‘em up!

  15. samapoc says: Apr 26, 2013 9:09 PM

    Reunited with Patrick P! Geaux Tigers!!!

  16. adoombray says: Apr 26, 2013 9:09 PM

    Perfect fit. Why? Medical Marijuana is legal in Arizona :)

  17. dioalice says: Apr 26, 2013 9:11 PM

    It’a solid pick for this team. Cards need corners, and he can ball. It’ll be critical that PP keep this cat under his wing.

    It’s time for this young man to grow up. Time will tell.

  18. peytonsneck18 says: Apr 26, 2013 9:11 PM

    spark up a rillo full of some killo for real tho

  19. bgm9876 says: Apr 26, 2013 9:12 PM

    NOOOOOOOOOOO THE BILLS ARE STUPID IDIOTS I HATE THEM. THEY KINDA MEST UP ON EJ.

  20. niners816 says: Apr 26, 2013 9:12 PM

    As a Niners fan I was bummed we didn’t get him. He has character issues but he’s young. He has unbelievable talent. Him and Peterson is a great duo. I wish the Cardinals good luck and hopefully they can step up and have a good season in a really tough division. And please beat the Seahawks!!

  21. socalraider909 says: Apr 26, 2013 9:13 PM

    Someone start a drinking game Everytime he says “man”

  22. kuhawks2010 says: Apr 26, 2013 9:13 PM

    Very talented player, but a big gamble. Hope he understands that this is a chance of a lifetime and he doesnt blow it.

  23. blackandbluedivision says: Apr 26, 2013 9:14 PM

    butthatmakestoomuchsense says:
    Apr 26, 2013 9:02 PM
    People forget how PHENOMENAL Mathieu was in 2011. The absolute definition of a playmaker and a gamechanger.

    _____________________________

    10 failed drug tests will do that to you.

    All it takes is another slip up and you’ll forget what a playmaker he was too.

  24. thefiesty1 says: Apr 26, 2013 9:15 PM

    I predict that he’ll never see the field after failing multiple drug tests.

  25. digitaldonnie says: Apr 26, 2013 9:16 PM

    Ummm…didn’t Austin torch him for 11 187??

  26. msclemons67 says: Apr 26, 2013 9:16 PM

    Good spot for Tyrann. Arizona has a fairly lax “medical” marijuana statute. The Honey Badger just needs to stub a toe and he can have up to 12 plants at home or 2.5 ounces on the road.

  27. kvanhorn87 says: Apr 26, 2013 9:19 PM

    Seen it here first…2 most immature numbers that dopes use 69 and 420. How appropriate!

    This doesn’t make much sense from a player perspective. He is a nickel corner in the nfl and special teams ace. The Cards already have that in P P.

  28. peytonsneck18 says: Apr 26, 2013 9:19 PM

    People forget how PHENOMENAL Mathieu was in 2011. The absolute definition of a playmaker and a gamechanger

    yeah that was before 20 pounds of kush that killed his brain cells and skill set

  29. nflfollower says: Apr 26, 2013 9:19 PM

    This guy is a straight beast. Wish my organization had the kahones to draft him.

  30. remyje says: Apr 26, 2013 9:20 PM

    I couldn’t tell if he sounded like he failed more than 10 drug tests in college or he was gonna bust out crying

  31. opietaylor says: Apr 26, 2013 9:20 PM

    Pothead. Enough said.

  32. kgun80 says: Apr 26, 2013 9:22 PM

    They’re gonna have this kid tied to Peterson.. If he can keep his nose clean and learn to be a pro.. He can be a game changer and give AZ one of the best secondaries in the league. I wish him luck it would be nice to see a kid who has made bad decisions and had a terrible upbringing turn it all into a positive

  33. jimbo75025 says: Apr 26, 2013 9:23 PM

    No issues with the pick, but the ESPN coverage was irritating. Skipping over 2-3 picks to discuss and then talk to this guy. Sucks to have been those guys who were looking forward to getting their names called and then just seeing it flashed across a screen.

  34. Canyonero says: Apr 26, 2013 9:29 PM

    Forget Pittsburgh West. Cardinals are becoming LSU West!

  35. matthewcarlson1 says: Apr 26, 2013 9:31 PM

    its not the drug use that’s the problem. its that he’s more into the money than he’s into football. He’ll get his chance to prove everyone wrong though.

  36. 6thsense79 says: Apr 26, 2013 9:33 PM

    abninf says:
    Apr 26, 2013 9:03 PM
    See kids, if you fail more drug tests than you can remember, get kicked out of school and get arrested on a drug charge after all that then you too can get a job in the NFL a few months later.
    ——
    Or they can get a top secret clearance job for one of the alphabet government agencies. Really dude no one cares if people smoked weed in school. Not even the FBI or NSA.

  37. arizonahusker says: Apr 26, 2013 9:35 PM

    I think the AZ/Mexican border just got a lot busier …….

  38. green41563 says: Apr 26, 2013 9:44 PM

    Mathieu will have plenty of support in Arizona, as Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson has become a mentor, training him through the offseason to prepare him for the Combine.
    _________________________________

    Right. If he were drafted by the Jets, we’d be hearing all about what a circus the team is for taking a guy with a drug problem. But when another teams takes the same guy, it’s fine.

  39. Slim Charles says: Apr 26, 2013 9:45 PM

    Man, for all of this controversy around the Mathieu pick, you’d think he actually did something bad instead of just smoke weed.

  40. dwnhillwhaler says: Apr 26, 2013 9:46 PM

    First off let me get this out of the way: Fire one up Tyrann, Buahahahahah!……. cuz none of us smoked pot in HS or college

    now on to more adult matters… I think this guy will be good in the NFL he has a play-making ability that can develop him into a real ball hawk. and if anyone thinks pot smoking will be a big issue for him in the NFL. look in the dictionary under naivety. I believe you will find a photo of yourself

  41. lrical says: Apr 26, 2013 9:47 PM

    Who in Arizona gets in trouble. Stay away from meth and your good to go. And avoid the porn stars

  42. @Cereal_22 says: Apr 26, 2013 9:48 PM

    Quality education he got at LSU

  43. metalhead65 says: Apr 26, 2013 9:52 PM

    cullimon says:Can’t help but root for him. I can and it will be easy to root against a guy like that. this not some kid who made a mistake or 2 in college but someone who failed so many tests they had no choice to kick him off the team. only when he realized that no other school would touch him did he realize he might have blown it and decided to clean up his act. it may not be this year but guys like him do not change. he will get into trouble again it is just a matter of time.

  44. buddybowl69 says: Apr 26, 2013 9:53 PM

    He looked really stoned in his interview. He didn’t smile one time.

  45. Canyonero says: Apr 26, 2013 9:59 PM

    Green Chile Badger

  46. 13arod says: Apr 26, 2013 10:01 PM

    he changed the Cardinals are the big winners and 31 losers who didn’t get him

  47. otis52gsh says: Apr 26, 2013 10:02 PM

    The dude looked high as a kite during his post pick interview. Are you kidding me.

  48. shoesfinest says: Apr 26, 2013 10:02 PM

    Pacman 2.0

  49. accipiterq says: Apr 26, 2013 10:05 PM

    Stop. Judging. People. For. Smoking. Weed.

    Guys go out drunk every night and get arrested for it, yet get to play on Sunday. Weed is no worse.

  50. dontbetoy says: Apr 26, 2013 10:10 PM

    HONEY BADGER NOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!! Dang! As much trouble as hes gotten into, you cant deny he has equal talent and if he takes this last chance then no one will be asking why they took him. If he screws up again though i cant see anyone else taking a 15th chance on him. Really wanted to see him in Purple and Gold.

  51. rollerino1 says: Apr 26, 2013 10:12 PM

    Being light years away from Nawlins’ is the best thing for him.

  52. txnative61 says: Apr 27, 2013 12:17 AM

    Assuming he sheds his baggage to stay on the field, he is still undersized for an NFL DB, and seemed to rely on his speed to compensate for poor coverage skills against slower receivers in college. He could hang as a return specialist long enough to learn as a slot or backup defender, but I would anticipate a learning curve. At the end of the day, can he play?

  53. jm91rs says: Apr 27, 2013 1:03 AM

    To me this is a sure sign that Peterson won’t be returning kicks anymore. Not sure i like that but I guess if the guy stays clean he can do it all

  54. mazblast says: Apr 27, 2013 1:30 AM

    The Cardinals have to gamble in order to have a hope of catching up to the 49ers and Seahawks, and this guy is the definition of “gamble”.

    On the other hand, it’s a third round pick, so, to use a much-heard line (originally from “The Big Chill’ IIRC), “Sometimes, you just gotta say, ‘what the f**k’.”

  55. listerineman says: Apr 27, 2013 3:15 AM

    kids of arizona, the cardinals just drafted your new idol. smoke some, dont use any of your braincells and you might get also a job with the cardinals.
    classy pick arizona you can be proud.

  56. bunjy96 says: Apr 27, 2013 7:24 AM

    We had to listen to him cry and every other word was man, instead of watching the picks.

    And then they just kept dragging the interview on.

    ESPN screwed up big time!! BIG FAIL!!!!!

  57. otis52gsh says: Apr 27, 2013 9:51 AM

    If weed was legal the exact way and places that drinking is it would be no worse. Until that day it is far worse because it is illegal without a prescription where permitted. I can’t believe I even have to point that out. Sitting around your home smoking weed is illegal period. Drinking is only illegal if you are underage or get behind the wheel. I’m not saying its right either way, but that’s the law plain and simple.

  58. ajw4277 says: Apr 29, 2013 10:37 AM

    My boy got high all 2011 and went out on the field and shined. I wish N.O. Would of kept him at home. It was just weed. I could see if it was something like crack or alcohol. Which are both worse then weed. Chill out! Smoke a blunt! Give the man a break!

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