2. I think among the troubled players at the combine, Tyrann Mathieu, whose mountain of off-field and drug problems got him kicked off the LSU team, talked the best game. How much that helps remains to be seen, but it’s a start, anyway. He said he has a sponsor for his addiction issues, is undergoing counseling and talks to several NFL defensive backs, including Darrelle Revis and Patrick Peterson, to help him stay on the straight and narrow.
“I want to be as open as possible because I’m trying to rebuild people’s trust, and I want those guys to be able to trust me and I hold myself accountable,” Mathieu said of his interview here with NFL teams.” He was asked if, looking back, he can see how it is that he lost his way. “Definitely” he said. “I think half of it is you actually start believing the hype. You actually start believing the newspaper clippings, and the other half is, Hey, I’m young and I want to have some fun. But at the end of the day I have to be a different kind of person.” He’d better be. Can’t imagine him getting drafted with a single misstep over the next two months.