Tyrann Mathieu's career not up in smoke yet

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Cheers and Jeers,Sports,NFL,College,Jeffrey Tomik

A year ago, Tyrann Mathieu was a Heisman Trophy finalist on an LSU team that played in the national championship. The cornerback had the third-best Heisman finish by a defensive player in the last 20 years.

But the "Honey Badger" has gone from the top of college football to hoping some NFL team takes a chance on him in the draft.

In the past year, Mathieu was suspended for the 2012 season for a substance abuse issue and was arrested last month on a possession of marijuana charge.

On Thursday, Mathieu announced he is entering the NFL Draft.

The 20-year-old has some problems he needs to work out, but he's also very talented.

In 2011, he forced six fumbles and had four return touchdowns (two punts, two fumbles).

The NFL gives talented players second chances all the time. Michael Vick, Plaxico Burress and Adam "Pacman" Jones were all signed after major indiscretions.

Some team will draft Mathieu, too. But will he take advantage of his second chance?

- Jeffrey Tomik

jtomik@washingtonexaminer.com

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