Tyrann Mathieu finally went in the draft. The Honey Badger was selected by the Arizona Cardinals in the third round — No. 69 overall — which may have been slightly higher than what most people expected. He was so overcome with emotion after being picked that he began crying.
Mathieu’s stock had fallen after he was kicked off LSU’s football team for reportedly failing multiple drug tests. He spent some time in rehab and missed the entire football season. But Mathieu passed his drug tests at the combine and insists he is clean. He even said during an interview with ESPN after being picked that he would agree to weekly drug tests.
Mathieu was asked by ESPN’s Trey Wingo what he and the Cardinals discussed on the phone when he was picked. He said they talked about some stipulations that might be in his contract.
“It’s going to be certain things in the contract that I have to fulfill,” Mathieu told Wingo. “I have to hold my end of the bargain up. Whether that’s weekly drug tests, I’m all for that, too. I’m ready to get back out there, I’m ready to show everybody that marijuana isn’t an issue any more. It’s not an issue. I just want to play football and help my team win games.”
Mathieu said he was happy to finally get past some of his past problems, which he describe as old news.
“All the nonsense that’s been coming out the last month? That’s 7-8 months old. I’ve crossed that bridge. I haven’t failed a drug test, I haven’t been in trouble. I’m ready to play football,” Mathieu told Wingo.
“Seven months ago I didn’t think I’d be in this situation. I had everything taken away from me. I kept pushing and I kept fighting. I’m just so happy that someone else had faith in me.”
Arizona has players with whom he is familiar already on the roster, and you have to figure his relationship with former LSU cornerback and mentor Patrick Peterson had a lot to do with the pick.
After not being taken last night in the first round of the NFL draft, LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu posted a message on Twitter indicating that he believes he’s the best corner in this draft.
The hardest part is knowing your better!
— Tyrann Mathieu (@Mathieu_Era) April 26, 2013
It’s great that Mathieu believes he’s the best, but he’s going to need to prove it this season...
Matt Maiocco of the CSN Bay Area mentions that LSU CB Tyrann Mathieu a “definite possibility” for the 49ers at some point on day two.
Maiocco adds that San Francisco is unlikely to use their No. 34 overall pick on him.
Mike Jurecki tweets that the Cardinals could consider Mathieu at some point today with intention of using him at safety & corner in certain packages...
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...
Tyrann Mathieu may not have been selected Thursday in the first round of the NFL Draft (it was in Round 3 to Arizona ), but at least the Honey Badger can take comfort in knowing that he didn't have the worst night among LSU defensive backs hoping to go pro.
According to KATC.com , former Tigers cornerback Tharold Simon was arrested Thursday in his hometown of Eunice, La., where...
It seems like Tyrann Mathieu has every intention of making it difficult for an NFL team to make a commitment to him.
The former LSU defensive back’s dalliances with drugs in the past is well documented and has caused teams to shy away from the troubled player, although, he is considered by some to be the best at his position in this year’s NFL Draft.
According to a report...
Day two of the NFL draft answered the pressing questions as to where Manti Te’o, Geno Smith and the former “Honey Badger” Tyrann Mathieu would end up. First up, Geno Smith.
Our last images of Geno Smith from day one of the draft were of Smith sitting in Radio City Music Hall waiting for his name to be called looking extremely uncomfortable. He didn’t even have an ensemble...
He’s a first rounder to me T…
Looks like the Honey Badger gets his. Meet Sydni Paige, this beautiful girl is NFL hopeful and Cornerback Tyrann Mathieu’s girlfriend, who is giving her full support to her talented boyfriend in his quest to play in the NFL. She also happens to be a New Orleans Hornets cheerleader…so even though he didn’t go first round last night, Honey Badger...
The phrase good things come to those who wait was paraphrased from the Book of Lamentations by the advertising agency BBDO to sell Heinz ketchup in the 1980s and Guinness beer in the mid-1990s.
It most certainly was not written or spoken or even considered as a passing thought by anyone in the 2013 NFL Draft.For the fans on the floor of Radio City Music Hall on Friday night for the...
Trey Wingo interviewed an emotional Tyrann Mathieu after he was drafted in the 3rd round by the Cardinals.
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After making safe picks in the first two rounds of the NFL draft, the Arizona Cardinals took a gamble with their third: The Honey Badger.
Believing a former Heisman Trophy finalist could get his life back on track, the Cardinals used their third-round draft pick to select LSU defensive back and kick returner Tyrann Mathieu.
The player known as the Honey Badger was one of the most...
According to USA Today Sports, Jay Glazer of FOX Sports told the Dan Patrick Show that LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu hurt his draft stock by blowing off interviews with a couple NFL teams.
Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer said during an interview on the Dan Patrick Show Friday that Mathieu blew off visits with the Seattle Seahawks and Houston Texans last week. “Off the grid,” is the...
The LSU Tigers set an NFL Draft record by having 6 defensive players taken in the first 3 rounds of the draft. Yes, Tyrann Mathieu counts towards that number because the last school he played for was, you guessed it, LSU.
No. 6: Barkevious Mingo, Cleveland Browns
No. 18: Eric Reid, San Francisco 49ers
No. 45: Kevin Minter, Arizona Cardinals
No. 67: Bennie Logan, Philadelphia Eagles...
(Photo Courtesy: KTLA.com)
Apparently, being an NFL Draft hopeful from LSU and also getting in trouble with the law aren’t mutually exclusive things.
That’s because in the midst of an NFL Draft where one of the biggest questions remains where Tyrann Mathieu will be selected after a slew of failed drug tests and an October arrest, another former Bayou Bengal was in...
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