Former LSU star Tyrann Mathieu runs 4.5 at NFL Scouting Combine

Former LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu posted an official time of 4.50 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis Tuesday.

Mathieu, known as the “Honey Badger,” didn’t play for the Tigers last season after being suspended for violating team rules — reportedly repeated drug test failures. Mathieu was arrested for marijuana possession in October and later spent time in a drug rehabiliation facility in Houston.

He had a reputation as being a slow player, but the 4.50 time has surely changed that. He is projected to be a slot corner in the NFL.

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