The Honey Badger is about to be back in Baton Rouge. With a total of 27 players set to put their skills on display one final time for the NFL scouts at LSU’s Pro Day, former Tigers defensive back Tyrann Mathieu will be among the crowd.
Mathieu was kicked off of the team last summer after a very public fallout resulting from failed drug tests. The last time Mathieu was on the LSU campus, he was arrested on marijuana charges and now he will be looking for redemption.
There are some that will question the decision by LSU to allow Mathieu back on campus for the Pro Day, but Tigers head coach Les Miles says Mathieu has worked hard for his second chance and deserves this opportunity to put his skills on display.
“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,” Miles said, per 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 impressed at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis and will have the same opportunity to put a positive image in the scouts heads today. He is currently viewed as a mid-round pick and he can solidify that standing with another standout performance.
A number of NFL teams have interest in Mathieu as a slot cornerback and return specialist, so he will certainly get his shot.
It will be a matter of how convinced teams are that Mathieu has changed and matured and how soon they will be willing to take a chance on the one time Heisman Trophy finalist.
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