(Eds: Updates with more details and quotes. With AP Photos.) By JOHN MARSHALL AP Sports Writer The Arizona Cardinals made relatively safe choices in the first two rounds of this year's draft and decided to gamble a bit with their third pick.
To some, taking Tyann Mathieu wasn't a small risk, either.
Once one of college football's most dynamic players, the LSU defensive back and kick returner had a very public fall from grace and down NFL draft boards after being kicked off his college team and being arrested for marijuana.
After talking to Mathieu and seemingly everyone who knows him, the Cardinals believed the potential reward was worth rolling the dice.
''We felt comfortable with the risk that was involved,'' Cardinals first-year general manager Steve Keim said.
The Cardinals weren't the only team to go out on a limb during last month's draft.
Pittsburgh used its first-round pick on Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones despite a poor time in th...