26 Apr 2011
Jay Glazer and Alex Marvez of FOXSports.com cite multiple sources in reporting that Georgia linebacker/defensive end Justin Houston and Iowa defensive lineman Christian Ballard tested positive for marijuana at the 2011 Scouting Combine.
Not only does a failed drug test in Indianapolis raise a red flag about potential substance abuse issues, testing positive for an illegal substance during what's regarded as the most important job interview of a player's career will prompt teams to question that player's judgment, self-discipline, and reliability.
Though the media is just receiving confirmation of the failed tests, NFL teams would have been aware of them for quite some time and neither player has experienced a noticeable decrease in his draft stock. Both Houston and Ballard have been projected to go on the second day of the 2011 NFL Draft, with some mock drafts (including one last week from Peter King of Sports Illustrated) suggesting that Houston, who posted 20 quarterback sacks during this three-year career with the Bulldogs, could go as highly as 27th overall to the Atlanta Falcons.
If either player is still around on Saturday, we'll know why.
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