Given Tyrann Mathieu’s past, there was really no way his future would not be scrutinized.
The Arizona Cardinals’ third round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, Mathieu was dismissed from LSU prior to last season because of multiple drug-related issues. Since then, the 21-year-old has worked to get back on the field and stay clean.
The Cardinals took a chance by drafting him, and now it’s up to Mathieu to show he has indeed turned his life around. And if he hasn’t, it won’t be a secret.
According to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport, Mathieu has entered into the NFL’s drug-testing program and could be subject to up to 10 tests per month.
Mathieu has welcomed all additional drug testing, agreeing to be tested once per week upon being drafted by the Cardinals. Because he’s in the league’s program, he’ll have no choice.
Mathieu’s agent, Pat Lawlor, told Rapoport that “both sides understood the issues we were dealing with.”
Sounds like everyone is on the same page, and that’s a good thing. The Cardinals took a chance on Mathieu because of his undeniable talent, but the reason he fell to the third round is because of his undeniable past.
And the hope, for all parties involved, is that a bright future awaits.