Originally posted on Fox Sports Arizona  |  Last updated 4/26/13
The Cardinals' draft class just got a little more interesting. After taking LSU linebacker Kevin Minter in the second round earlier Friday, the Cards selected troubled former LSU standout Tyrann Mathieu in the third round with the 69th overall pick. Mathieu, a Heisman Trophy finalist as a sophomore in 2011 while playing alongside Patrick Peterson in the LSU secondary, was dismissed from the team the following offseason and admitted to teams during the NFL draft process that he failed upwards of 10 drug tests while in college. After initially announcing his intent to transfer, Mathieu instead sat out the 2012 season and declared for the draft. The 5-foot-9, 179-pound cornerback, whom some analysts believe will be a nickelback or free safety in the NFL, became a household name during LSU's run to the national title game in 2011, posting two interceptions, 11 forced fumbles, eight fumble recoveries, a team-leading 76 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, and 1.5 sacks. He also returned two punts for touchdowns and finished fourth national with a 15.6-yard punt-return average. In the process, he won the Bednarik Award as the best defensive player in the country, was a unanimous first-team All-American and finished third in the Heisman voting. The 20-year-old reportedly trained with Peterson, his new teammate, in Louisiana last offseason.
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