According to an ESPN report, Tyrann Mathieu, perhaps better known to fans of college football by his “Honey Badger” moniker, is heading to the pros. Later today, he will announce his intention to declare for the 2013 NFL Draft.
Mathieu was a difference maker as a defensive back for LSU — when he was actually on the field, that is. His persistent off-field problems resulted in him getting kicked off the team back in August, prior to the 2012 season.
In the two years he was actually part of the LSU program, Mathieu made highlight-reel plays on the field, finished fifth in Heisman voting (the third-best finish for a defensive player in the past two decades), engaged in a Twitter fight with starting quarterback A.J. McCarron and failed numerous drug tests. After being kicked off the team, Mathieu was arrested on marijuana possession charges and entered a drug treatment program.
Quite the resume.
It will be very interesting to see whether there’s an NFL team willing to take a shot on this highly skilled but highly troubled player. Mathieu has first-round talent and the relentless physicality he brings to the game — which earned him the nickname of “Honey Badger” will play well with NFL scouts, but his character is about as bad as it gets. The smart money is on him getting drafted, but probably in one of the later rounds.