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Teams take calculated risks in the NFL draft

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TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - The Arizona Cardinals took a risk by using a third-round draft pick on talented-but-troubled former LSU star Tyrann Mathieu.

A handful of other NFL teams took similar gambles with players who had questionable backgrounds or troubling medical histories.

Pittsburgh used its first-round pick on linebacker Jarvis Jones despite a spinal issue and the Chargers took Manti Te'o even though he has been dogged by a hoax involving a fake girlfriend.

The Raiders used the No. 12 overall pick on cornerback D.J. Hayden, who suffered a life-threatening heart injury last season.

Mathieu, known as the Honey Badger, was kicked off LSU's team and later arrested on marijuana charges.

The Cardinals, like the other teams with risky rookies, hope he can put his past troubles behind him and become a productive NFL player.

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