You have to wonder if Mathieu's draft fate will be similar to that of Philadelphia Eagles running back Bryce Brown. A blue chip recruit, Brown had a disastrous college career at Tennessee and Kansas State before entering the 2012 NFL Draft a year early. Eagles head coach Andy Reid reportedly did copious background checks on Brown and took a chance on him in the seventh round. Now Brown is one of the more intriguing young running backs in the league.
The same could happen to Mathieu. He'll get drafted, unquestionably. But it sure won't be as high as it would have been had he stayed out of trouble and played this season. He may, however, become one of the steals of the 2013 NFL Draft. That is, if he can stay on the field.