Tyrann 'Honey Badger' Mathieu's Draft Stock Plummeting
Now that LSU coach Les Miles has kicked him off the team for violation of team rules, Mathieu's draft stock has plummeted even more.
The 5-foot-9, 175-pound junior was a projected late second- to third-round pick next April. With his name headlining ESPN for all the wrong reasons, Mathieu now stands as a probable fourth- or fifth-round choice.
He "just cost himself millions," said a scout, according to Will Brinson.
LSU kicker Josh Jasper tweeted earlier that Mathieu, a Louisiana native, will transfer to in-state FCS school McNeese State. The Cowboys are currently ranked 27th among Division 1-AA programs for the 2012 season.
If Mathieu was smart—which is debatable at this point—he'd lay low and finish his four-year collegiate career at McNeese State, earn his Bachelor's degree and declare for the 2014 NFL draft.
By then, assuming he has two very good seasons at a lower level quality of play, Mathieu could slowly mend his draft stock little by little.
Just look at Janoris Jenkins—kicked off the Florida Gators football team his senior year, had a great season with North Alabama and was taken in the second round after many believed he'd drop off.
Matheiu has the talent to be a impact player as a professional athlete. He has outstanding athleticism: great speed, impressive quickness and burst, effective change of direction and powerful closing abilities.
Good decisions and adept performance will allow him to crawl back into the high-end mock drafts.
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