Prior to being kicked off the team before the 2012 season, Mathieu was developing into one of the better defenders in the country. He played in all 13 games as a freshman, starting one, and showed a knack for dislodging the ball (five forced fumbles). He added two interceptions and 4.5 sacks. In 2011, Mathieu forced six fumbles, recovering five, and notched 70 tackles.
Expected draft placement
Mathieu's draft slotting really comes down to how well he interviewed and if he was able to convince a team to take an early chance on him. It seems likely that he will be an early third-day pick, but some team could opt for him in the waning stages of Day 2. It would be surprising if no one drafted him, however, but it remains a possibility.
About Cory J. Bonini
Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.
Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors. Follow @Cory_Bonini
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