8. S Tyrann Mathieu Drafted By: Arizona Cardinals (2013)
The Honey Badger was one of the nation’s best defenders for two seasons at LSU. A defensive back that did a bit of everything, Mathieu forced 11 fumbles and recorded four interceptions, six sacks, and 16 tackles for a loss in two years with the Tigers, making play after play for an LSU team that won 24 games in Mathieu’s two seasons. Mathieu won the Chuck Bednarik award as the nation’s top defender and was a Heisman finalist, but he was dismissed from the team after the season for a violation of team behavior.
Those problems led Mathieu to slide to the third round in the 2013 draft, but his playmaking ways continued in the NFL as he became a difference maker right away for the Cardinals. Honey Badger recorded 11 interceptions and forced 4 fumbles for Arizona but saw injuries plague him on and off throughout his career. Mathieu played 2018 with the Houston Texans and, true to form, had an interception and a fumble recovery in his first game. He signed a big contract with the Chiefs in the 2019 offseason. Honey Badger still don’t care.