Former LSU Tigers defensive back and Heisman Trophy Finalist Tyrann Mathieu had a quick fall from grace after being dismissed from the LSU football team prior to the start of the season. Mathieu was later looking to get his life turned around, but found himself in trouble after being arrested on simple marijuana possession charges with some fellow LSU Tigers.
In an effort to distance himself from the negative influences in his life, Mathieu moved to South Florida to live with the family of his former teammate and current Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson.
With the turmoil in his life finally settling down, Mathieu plans to announce the next move of his career on Thursday.
Per ESPN’s Joe Schad, Mathieu will announce his decision to enter the 2013 NFL Draft.
The man who was commonly known by college football fans as “The Honey Badger” was receiving some first-round buzz for the upcoming NFL Draft before his off-the-field issues got the best of him. There is now some belief that Mathieu could completely fall off of team’s draft boards, but all it takes is one team.
It is hard to imagine a player with the raw talent of Mathieu making it through April’s draft without hearing his name called. Once Mathieu announces his decision, he will need to blow away NFL GM’s and scouts in offseason workouts and in the interview room to state his case for becoming a NFL defensive back.