The Cardinals are an intriguing fit for Mathieu as not only did they select his teammate Kevin Minter in the second round, but Arizona has several LSU players on its roster. Among them is Pro Bowl cornerback Patrick Peterson, who is very good friends with Mathieu. Peterson was excited to be reunited with Mathieu.
Peterson wasn't the Cardinal cornerback to praise the selection. NFL Hall of Famer Aeneas Williams also praised Mathieu following the pick.
Congrats to my fellow New Orleanian Tyrann Mathieu!3rd round to the Cardinals!Guess who was the last Cardinals 3rd round CB from New Orleans— Aeneas Williams(@aeneas35) April 27, 2013
Arizona has more ties to Mathieu than just his former teammates. Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles is familiar with Mathieu as his step-daughter once dated Mathieu.
Arizona knows what it's getting in the Honey Badger, that's for sure: Cardinals DC Todd Bowles' step-daughter has dated CB Tyrann Matthieu.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 27, 2013
Mathieu had issues off the field and was reportedly suspended for failing multiple drug tests, but during an interview with ESPN, Mathieu said he will undergo weekly drug tests with the Cardinals.
Tyrann Mathieu just said on air that he has agreed to take a weekly drug test with the Cardinals— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) April 27, 2013
While his history off the field could make Mathieu a risk, it wouldn't be the first time Arizona gambled on a player with character question marks. Their last gamble turned out fairly well.
Cardinals hoping history repeats itself with pick of Mathieu. Darnell Dockett wasn't squeaky clean either when they got him in 3d round.— Michael Smith (@michaelsmith) April 27, 2013
Arizona fans are also in support of the pick. Members of Revenge of the Birds were excited about the selection with many predicting him to be an impact player for Arizona. More fan reaction can be found here.