4. Heisman Runner Up Return to the Game of Football
Tyrann Mathieu of LSU was the darling of college football in 2011. The last time we saw him put on pads, he was dazzling people with his hustle plays, his defense, and his punt return skills. He single handedly led LSU to an undefeated regular season and berth in the National Championship game in 2011. His performance even granted him a chance at the Heisman Trophy. Since that day he is another player that has had tragic circumstances ruin his reputation. Mathieu was suspended last year for violating team rules at LSU, which was later confirmed as a positive drug test for marijuana. Instead of transferring and playing for a lower level school in 2012, Mathieu decided to sit out an entire year to get his life together and prepare for the NFL Draft this year. Mathieu’s 2012 year was not without controversy as he was seen at a club and his image was used to promote a local club in New Orlean’s, which was a negative image for someone trying to prove they have turned away from their demons of drug use.
Entering the 2012 Draft, Mathieu was only rated as a third round pick despite his play on the field. Entering this season he was still a third round grade and needed big plays to move him up the board. Since he was not allowed to play this year his stock took a huge hit. he is now projected as a sixth round pick on most boards and even some have him as an undrafted player. This weekend at the Combine Mathieu, a defensive back and return specialist will have his first chance to prove his worth to NFL scouts. He will have to be very impressive to get back to where he was prior to the suspension, if that is even possible. Mathieu will be one of the more interesting players to watch because there is no recent game film to judge him by, and he the Combine has been the event he has been training for all year.