Tyrann “Honey Badger” Mathieu has announced that he has entered the 2013 NFL Draft today. Mathieu announced that he is declaring for the draft in a statement that said, “It is time for me to move forward.”
A few of Mathieu awards as a sophomore, the “Honey Badger” was a Heisman trophy finalist (finished fifth), Bednarik Award Recipient, Walter Camp National Player of the Year finalist, and first-team All-American at cornerback.
In two years at LSU, the 5’9″, 175 pound cornerback, had 133 career total tackles (93 solo, and 40 assisted), 16.0 tackles for a loss, six sacks, four interceptions, 19 pass defenses, six fumbles recovered, and eleven forced fumbles.
In 2011, he had 76 total tackles, 7.5 tackles for a loss, 1.5 sacks, two interceptions, 11 pass defenses, four fumbles recovered, and six fumbles forced. He also returned two punt returns for two touchdowns and 429 yards, including 17.2 yards per return (1st in the NCAA and SEC). He also scored three of LSU’s six touchdowns while the Tigers were trailing.
The “Honey Badger,” displayed his athletic ability all over the field last year on defense and special teams. He was dismissed from LSU for failing a drug program. He checked into a treatment program, but was arrested last month for possession of marijuana.
Teams in the NFL Draft will have to overlook Mathieu’s character, and drug abuse issues, and instead look at his athleticism, versatility, and instincts on the football field.