Rookie Review: Tyrann Mathieu
November, 11, 2013
By Kevin Weidl | ESPN Insider
AP Photo/Bill HaberTyrann Mathieu has been looking to Patrick Peterson for guidance on and off the field.This past January, Steve Keim was promoted to general manager of the Arizona Cardinals as he entered his 15th year with the organization. In his first draft, Keim and the Cardinals made headlines on Day 2 by selecting former LSU defensive back Tyrann Mathieu in the third round with the 69th overall pick.
Mathieu was one of the most highly profiled prospects from the 2013 class. He came with plenty of risk because of character concerns. His collegiate career and story were unique, to say the least.
During his two seasons playing for LSU (2010-11), Mathieu was a productive and versatile defensive back who had a knack for creating turnovers and coming up with big plays both on defense and special teams. In 2011, he was a big component of LSU's undefeated regular season, their SEC championship and their berth to play for the BCS National Championship. During that year, Mathieu was a Heisman finalist, won the Chuck Bednarik Award as the nation's top defender and earned the nickname "Honey Badger" in the process.