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Few prospects in the 2013 NFL Draft - if any - may be more intriguing than Mathieu, the former standout corner from LSU. Known as the "Honey Badger" for his tenacious playing style, Mathieu's past year has been littered with question marks after two promising seasons for the Tigers. He made an instant impact as a true freshman with 57 tackles, 4 1/2 sacks, five forced fumbles and two interceptions. Mathieu was a 2011 Heisman Trophy finalist after a sophomore season in which he recorded 76 tackles, two interceptions, six forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries and nine pass break-ups. He was also sixth in the nation averaging 15.6 yards per punt return, running back two for touchdowns. But he didn't play football last season as he was dismissed from the team last August for reportedly failing multiple drug tests. He was also arrested in October when police said they found marijuana at his apartment. Mathieu is clearly an elite talent but these mistakes have likely made NFL teams leery, something he's cognizant of. "It may take five years, it may take until I'm 30 years old for people to start trusting Tyrann again. But the truth is, I'm doing the right things and just looking forward to being a football player," said Mathieu. He has said he has matured and learned form the past, even meeting daily with former NBA player John Lucas, who had past issues with drug addiction. Mathieu's off-the-field concerns are much more plentiful than his on-the-field weaknesses, but they include his short stature, possibly worrying teams that stronger NFL receivers could bully him around. He doesn't possess elite speed, seen by his 4.50 40-yard dash time. Though he's renowned for his aggressive play, opponents may also exploit that trait by using it against him. But Mathieu was rarely overpowered by large receivers in college, playing much bigger than his size, and his unique knack for creating havoc as a defender could see him selected as high as the second round despite concerns about some of the decisions he's made.