Former LSU DB Tyrann Mathieu announced Thursday that he will enter the NFL draft.
“I am sorry that I was not able to complete my journey at LSU, but I will always support LSU in any way I can. To my teammates, you are my brothers. You have kept me going. I will do my best to make you all proud of me,” Mathieu said in a statement, according to ESPN.
“It is time for me to move forward,” he said.
A Heisman Trophy finalist last season, Mathieu was suspended for the 2012 season for substance abuse. He was arrested for possession of marijuana last month and had previously failed a drug test, which led to his dismissal from LSU in August.
In 2011, Mathieu, nicknamed "Honey Badger," had six forced fumbles and two punt-return touchdowns. He was third in the FBS in punt-return yards.
According to PFW’s talent evaluator Nolan Nawrocki, Mathieu’s instincts and ball skills projected him to be an impact NFL nickel corner, a position that has become more important with the proliferation of NFL passing games. He could still be a second- to third-round pick in the 2013 draft, with character concerns that figure to drive down his draft stock.
“I am committed to tackling my personal issues and will work to better myself every day as a man first and only then as a football player,” Mathieu said.