Former LSU DB Tyrann Mathieu plans to enter the 2013 NFL Draft
Former LSU defensive back Tyrann Mathieu plans to announce that he will enter the 2013 NFL Draft reported by ESPN's Joe Schad Thursday morning .
The last few months were not great to Mathieu, and despite appearing to be on the path back to rejoining the LSU football team, the junior had another drug related run-in with police. There may not be a player that will command more off field homework than Mathieu, specifically character and substance abuse questions, but it hurts even more that the Honey Badger has not stepped onto the football field this season.
The last report stated that Mathieu is currently living with Patrick Peterson's family in Florida.
ESPN's draft experts Mel Kiper and Todd McShay both estimate that ex-LSU DB Tyrann Mathieu will be a third- or fourth-round draft pick in April.
Each expects Mathieu to drop a round or two, and McShay cited Janoris Jenkins' pre-draft process last season. One difference between the two is that Jenkins played at the FCS level his final season and was able to attend the Senior Bowl.
Mathieu did not do either. The former LSU defensive back was kicked off the team this season due to a violation of team rules.
However if he can turn his off field issues around in the NFL Mathieu can become a great asset to an NFL teams secondary. In 2011, Mathieu had 71 total tackles (54 solo and 17 assists), 1.5 sacks, 5 forced fumbles (2 returned for a touchdown), and 2 interceptions. On special teams, Mathieu had 26 punt returns for 420 yards, with 2 returned for a touchdown.