With the 39th pick of the 2012 NFL Draft and the recent acquisition of Titus Young (now released), there is no question that Jeff Fisher will take a chance on players who have “character concerns.” Gone are the four pillars and in comes the talent. Janoris Jenkins had several issues entering the draft but Les Snead and Fisher did their homework and the Rams were rewarded with a sensational rookie year.
There is no doubt in my mind that Snead and company are targeting impact players that might be overlooked by some scouts because of “character concerns” and I plan to analyze these types of players in my “Red Flag Player Profiles” and how they might contribute to the Rams successes in the future. Feel free to tweet me any suggestions @micheros_ and I’d gladly check those players out.
First off in the series is the “Honey Badger”, Tyrann Mathieu.
On October 19, 2011, Mathieu was suspended for one game, along with two other teammates for violating LSU’s drug policy. Strike one for Mathieu, although he was able to remain sober (at least not get caught) the remainder of the season earning the Chuck Bednarik Award, as well as propel LSU into the National Championship game. Mathieu also gained serious consideration for the Heisman Trophy award and seemed primed for a big 2012 season.
August 10, 2012, LSU Head Coach Les Miles announced that Mathieu would be dismissed from the football team due to a violation of team rules. Miles would not clarify the reason for dismissal but reports said they were a result of repeated drug test failures.
Uh-Oh, strike two Honey Badger. To save face, Mathieu entered a drug rehab program in Houston, Texas a week later. He also expressed interest in returning to the program in 2013. Sounds good Tyrann, too bad this is a production based business with most of the “producing” done on the field.
Things look good for Mathieu as he was able to enroll in classes for the fall semester, but he was later arrested on October 25, 2012 for possession of marijuana. Strike three and you are a player with “character concerns,” someone that NFL teams are wary off adding to their teams.no comments