According to sources close to dismissed LSU Tigers cornerback Tyrann Mathieu, the player also known as the Honey Badger will enter the 2013 NFL Draft. An announcement could come as soon as Thursday, according to multiple media outlets with knowledge to the situation.
Mathieu was well on his way to being the next great LSU defensive back to make the successful leap from NCAA All-American to first round NFL Draft pick. But then it all went south for the Honey Badger, who demonstrated time and time again that he really doesn’t care.
Mathieu was a finalist for the Heisman Trophy last season for his stellar play in the LSU defensive backfield and on special teams returning punts. Entering the 2012 NCAA Football season, Mathieu was on the Heisman Watch list and the Tigers were the preseason favorites. But following another suspension for substance abuse, LSU had no other choice but to dismiss Mathieu from the football team.
He remained enrolled at the school for awhile, hoping to return to the team in 2013. But after seeing how that scenario was becoming more and more unlikely, it appears as if Mathieu will now enter the 2013 NFL Draft instead of looking to join a different team and transfer or sit out yet another season.
No longer the first round pick that he was once assured of, following in the footsteps of Patrick Peterson and Morris Claiborne, at least a few teams will at least consider drafting Mathieu for his talent. What round a team may take a gamble on Mathieu remains to be seen, but expect to hear his name called on draft day at some point.
After all, players who were involved in worse than Mathieu were drafted and went on to have productive careers in the NFL. The talent is there, which nobody doubts. It is simply a matter of maturity with the Honey Badger, who must prove that he does care enough to impress at least one NFL team prior to April’s 2013 NFL Draft.