LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu — the Honey Badger — was taken in the third round of the NFL draft by the Arizona Cardinals.
Mathieu, who did not play college football last fall because of problems with drugs, was taken with the sixth pick of the third round, the 69th overall. In Arizona, he’ll have support from his friend Patrick Peterson, who was the Cardinals’ first-round pick in 2011. Mathieu told the NFL Network that Peterson was instrumental in getting him to the desert.
“I think he had a lot to do with it. He’s their premier guy,” he told Rich Eisen. “He’s definitely one of those character guys that everyone in the NFL looks up to. I think the Arizona Cardinals take his word seriously. I’m just grateful and blessed to be able to play with Patrick again, to go out there and have fun like we used to have fun at LSU.”
LSU Coach Les Miles kicked Mathieu off the team last summer because of several positive drug tests and was arrested last fall for simple possession of marijuana while in rehab. The charge, according to nola.com, is still pending. Given his recent past, Mathieu described being drafted as “humbling” and “a blessing.”
“I told those guys that we’re gonna have clauses within our contract that those guys are able to drug test me whenever they want to, any sorts of meetings with psychologists or counselors that I have to be at — we want to make those meetings mandatory to show that I am committed to playing football.”