The Honey Badger is NFL-bound.
Tyrann Mathieu, the cornerback/punt returner extraordinaire who earned The Greatest Football Nickname Ever for his exploits with the LSU Tigers and then saw his career cut short due to drug problems, has announced that his days playing college football are over.
On Thursday, the star-crossed Mathieu said he would bypass his last season of college football eligibility and make himself available via the NFL draft. Mathieu said he believed it was time to "move forward."
"I am sorry that I was not able to complete my journey at LSU, but I will always support LSU in any way I can," he said in a statement. "To my teammates, you are my brothers. You have kept me going. I will do my best to make you all proud of me."
It will be interesting to see how high (or low) Mathieu is eventually taken come April. Though his play at LSU made clear that he's a natural football player--the kind of player who lives for the spotlight, who makes plays when plays need to be made, who has an uncanny ability to show up at the biggest moments--he doesn't look like the prototypical cornerback and has questionable cover skills, too. Some have said Mathieu could go as early as the second round, while others believe he could slip to the fourth.
He's certainly a tough-to-figure-out player, and to be honest, he probably would have been well-served to go back to college and show the world that he's cleaned up his act for good.
But he's made his choice, and now his fate lies in the hands of the NFL's talent scouts. - Tim Hyland
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