'First-round draft pick' Mathieu drops Thursday's party plans

By Evan Hilbert | CBSSports.com

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Tyrann Mathieu may be getting a bit ahead of himself. (Tyrann Mathieu/Instagram)

Former LSU star cornerback Tyrann Mathieu has taken the long way to the 2013 NFL Draft, but it appears the oft-troubled playmaker is ready to make his name in the league.

And, if this invitation to Honey Badger's post-party is any indication, Mathieu expects to be taken in the first round Thursday evening.

Most draft analysts have Mathieu going somewhere in the second or third round -- if not later -- which means his Thursday night party at SL nightclub in New York City may be a little premature, and potentially somewhat uncomfortable.

Later in the day -- after many hours of hand-wringing across the Twittersphere -- Mathieu sent out the following message.



Mathieu's skills have never been the issue. A ballhawk while at LSU, Mathieu was the recipient of the 2011 Chuck Bednarik Award, which is given to the nation's top collegiate defender. He was later dismissed from LSU for violating team rules, and he entered a Houston rehab center for help managing his marijuana use.

And thus, his draft stock plummeted. Still, if Mathieu can convince teams he can keep his behavior in check, he could be a late-round steal.

Or he could be a first-round pick. In this draft, it's hard to tell.

 
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