Cardinals finally give Mathieu a reason to celebrate

AP

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.

58 responses to “Cardinals finally give Mathieu a reason to celebrate

  1. 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.

  2. 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?

  3. 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.

  4. 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!!

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

  6. 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.

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    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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.
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    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.

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

  16. 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

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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?

  21. 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

  22. 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’.”

  23. 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.

  24. 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!!!!!

  25. 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.

  26. 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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