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Last year Tyrann Mathieu seemed to make every big play possible for LSU, week-in and week-out whether it was at CB or as a punt returner, and he became only the third defensive player ever to be invited to the Heisman Trophy presentation in New York.
Things fell apart for him over the summer, however, as he was booted off the team for multiple positive drug tests.
While some speculated that he might transfer to a Division II school willing to look past his off-the-field transgressions, Mathieu decided to re-enroll at LSU instead.
Mathieu was expected to try for reinstatement onto the Tigers football team in 2013—at least, that was the presumed plan until Thursday.
Thursday Mathieu was arrested (along with three other ex-LSU football players) for marijuana possession, which will in all likelihood end any chance he had of returning to LSU football next season.
When Les Miles originally kicked Mathieu off the team this past summer, many immediately started to speculate on his NFL potential. Had he kept himself out of trouble until April, he may have been taken as high as Round 2, which would have been a remarkable feat considering his troubled past and his lack of NFL size.
After this latest development he is unlikely to be drafted at all, especially if the legal process has not fully run its course.
Mathieu clearly has the athleticism and instincts on the football field needed to play on Sundays, but NFL teams want him to show better instincts off the field first before they will be willing to gamble on him, and I expect his name to be taken completely off many teams' draft boards.