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“Good prospect” who tested positive likely won’t drop much

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We reported recently, without naming names, that at least one “good prospect” tested positive at the Scouting Combine.  Dan Pompei confirms, without naming names, our report.

But Pompei adds that the player isn’t expected to suffer significantly for the positive test.  “Other high profile players — reportedly Percy Harvin, Brandon Tate and Aqib Talib, among others — have failed tests at the combine in recent years and did not fall precipitously in the draft,” Pompei says.  “Many, many other players have failed tests at their schools.  It’s a little different at the combine when they know the test is coming.  But NFL teams believe so many kids are smoking grass that they can’t beat them up too badly for it.”

Players who test positive when they know they’re going to be tested either have a problem — or they aren’t very bright.  But Pompei is right; teams generally don’t care about players smoking marijuana.  (Former Bucs and Colts coach Tony Dungy has a different view of the situation.)  Most teams care only if the playesr may not be available for duty because of a suspension resulting from multiple positive tests.

The question ultimately becomes whether a guy loves marijuana more than football.  Over the past decade, only a small handful of players ultimately have opted for leaves of pot over skins of pig.

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  1. 00reo says: Apr 3, 2011 12:51 PM

    Unless that prospect’s name is Ryan Mallet

  2. acerockefellar says: Apr 3, 2011 12:51 PM

    ryan mallett

  3. ezmoover says: Apr 3, 2011 1:01 PM

    Positive drug results?

    A good place to start looking might be the top of Mike Brown’s board…

  4. hobartbaker says: Apr 3, 2011 1:04 PM

    It isn’t Cam Newton because they didn’t test for HGH at the Combine.

  5. 52crabcakes says: Apr 3, 2011 1:05 PM

    But Pompei is right; teams generally don’t care about players smoking marijuana.

    It’s about time!

  6. footballrulz says: Apr 3, 2011 1:07 PM

    Legalize it, tax it & shrink the deficit. Problem over..

  7. lbijake says: Apr 3, 2011 1:11 PM

    True dat, 54 on the downside.

  8. 3octaveFart says: Apr 3, 2011 1:12 PM

    No problem. Because the teams that end up drafting them will straighten them right out, ..right?

  9. touchdownroddywhite says: Apr 3, 2011 1:14 PM

    Didn’t Ricky Williams get run out of the league over marijuana usage?

    Seems like they’d be a little more concerned about a top pick not caring about a drug test they know they have to take.

  10. oumoonunit says: Apr 3, 2011 1:15 PM

    If it is Newton, the drug test is racist.

  11. iknowfootballandyoudont says: Apr 3, 2011 1:18 PM

    Another pampered amatuer player that has never been held accountable for his actions will soon be joining the fraternity of professional players that have never been held accountable for their actions.

    When will teams realize you can’t “change” a person. Women have been trying to “change” men for centuries and men have been trying to “change” women for just as long.

    If a player is a dopehead that can’t stay clean long enough to take a test he KNOWS is coming, what makes you think his actions will be any different in the future?

    You can’t change a street walker into June Cleaver. It Aint gonna happen.

    My guess is we will be reading about this player again very soon for getting arrested or suspended by the league for substance violation. And that will not be surpising at all

  12. doowix says: Apr 3, 2011 1:18 PM

    Legalize it!

  13. sdboltaction says: Apr 3, 2011 1:18 PM

    Marijuana should just be legalized and taxed nation wide. Be done with all this nonesense, who cares about weed. I personally hate the crap, makes my throat burn and I hate uncontrollable coughing. But that’s just me…

  14. dewalt2990 says: Apr 3, 2011 1:21 PM

    who cares. look at ricky williams. he does what he wants.

  15. bunjy96 says: Apr 3, 2011 1:23 PM

    The question ultimately becomes whether a guy loves marijuana more than football. Over the past decade, only a small handful of players ultimately have opted for leaves of pot over skins of pig.

    ************************

    The Buccaneers have at least one of them.

  16. FinFan68 says: Apr 3, 2011 1:26 PM

    Players who test positive when they know they’re going to be tested either have a problem — or they aren’t very bright.
    **************
    Truer words have not been written

  17. We'reFineThere says: Apr 3, 2011 1:27 PM

    I’m guessing someone it’s you wouldn’t expect like Patrick Peterson or Mike Pouncey or someone with otherwise very strong character traits. If it was Mallet or Jimmy Smith, they would definitely drop because there were already concerns there.

  18. tubal22 says: Apr 3, 2011 1:28 PM

    Tells you a lot about how smart a person is if they smoke pot right before they know they’re getting tested.

    Either they don’t respect the game and the rules, or they’re just really stupid.

  19. profootballwalk says: Apr 3, 2011 1:33 PM

    Smoke a little weed – it’s a red flag.

    Torture dogs to death for fun – “the youth deserves another chance.”

  20. pkrlvr says: Apr 3, 2011 1:34 PM

    It’s nice to hear that it’s finally becoming accepted. There’s such a double standard when it comes to pot vs. alcohol! You can get hammered every weekend and not test positive for anything, but you smoke a joint or two a month and it’s in your blood for weeks. If I was a scout, I’d take the casual smoker over the hard drinker any day.

  21. Mr. Super-Cool Awesome says: Apr 3, 2011 1:37 PM

    I’ll be glad when the day that we can talk about marijuana and its senseless prohibition finally comes.

    It’s time to start having adult conversations about serious issues and not just writing people off without listening to their point of view.

    The prudish, childish, hypocrites have had their way long enough.

    /steps off soapbox
    //anticipates a lot of thumbs down

  22. seanx40 says: Apr 3, 2011 1:45 PM

    While I think it is correct for teams not to care too much about 21 yr old college students to be smoking weed, it can be an indicator of further bad behavior. Example #1(and only one needed) Aqib Talib. I think if I were a GM, I would do a lot more background research into a player I was interested in. Especially if they tested positive.

  23. crohrbaugh says: Apr 3, 2011 1:55 PM

    most absurd law ever

  24. berniemadoffsides says: Apr 3, 2011 1:57 PM

    Lol Amaaaazing photo choice!

  25. bonerchamp says: Apr 3, 2011 2:04 PM

    All you have to do as a prospect is stay clean for 4 months. Obviously that’s asking to much.

  26. patriotsdefense says: Apr 3, 2011 2:18 PM

    Marijuana should be legalized.

  27. skoobyfl says: Apr 3, 2011 2:31 PM

    I’m high right now.

  28. wilburmills says: Apr 3, 2011 2:34 PM

    the mantra that Ryan Mallet has drug issues has soaken in pretty well..look at the first several responses to this article… too bad they aren’t true for the sheep and weak-minded who post these things…

  29. juancorsair says: Apr 3, 2011 2:46 PM

    pkrlvr says:

    It’s nice to hear that it’s finally becoming accepted. There’s such a double standard when it comes to pot vs. alcohol!

    That’s because I can have a pint of Guinness at the pub after work and be fine to drive home. If you smoke a joint after work, you are too stoned to drive. If you aren’t, you’ll claim that you got ripped off.

    Alcohol is served at many social gatherings without anyone getting slobbering drunk, while the only reason people smoke pot is to get stoned. While I wouldn’t expect a pothead to understand the distinction, it still remains a silly comparison on that point alone.

    Mr. Super-Cool Awesome says:

    I’ll be glad when the day that we can talk about marijuana and its senseless prohibition finally comes.

    While I do support decriminalization of small amounts of marijuana, I would never support full-out legalization. For one, it would be impossible to control its distribution unless we replace the War on Drugs with a War on Tax Evasion with identical results.

    It’s time to start having adult conversations about serious issues and not just writing people off without listening to their point of view.

    I for one am not really interested in the distorted view of stoners. It’s not like I write off the viewpoint of every occasional user, however some of the most daft people I have ever met were chronic users. I don’t think that it was by mere coincidence, either.

  30. whatswiththehate says: Apr 3, 2011 3:26 PM

    seanx40 says:
    Apr 3, 2011 1:45 PM
    While I think it is correct for teams not to care too much about 21 yr old college students to be smoking weed, it can be an indicator of further bad behavior. Example #1(and only one needed) Aqib Talib. I think if I were a GM, I would do a lot more background research into a player I was interested in. Especially if they tested positive.

    ——————————–
    Figured you’d call out the black one and ignore the white one who admitted this week that he came into the NFL a druggie…ERIK AIGNES, anyone.

    Or is cocaine the drug choice of the rich folks so it’s ignored?

  31. whatswiththehate says: Apr 3, 2011 3:40 PM

    juancorsair says:
    Apr 3, 2011 2:46 PM
    pkrlvr says:

    It’s nice to hear that it’s finally becoming accepted. There’s such a double standard when it comes to pot vs. alcohol!

    That’s because I can have a pint of Guinness at the pub after work and be fine to drive home. If you smoke a joint after work, you are too stoned to drive. If you aren’t, you’ll claim that you got ripped off.

    Alcohol is served at many social gatherings without anyone getting slobbering drunk, while the only reason people smoke pot is to get stoned. While I wouldn’t expect a pothead to understand the distinction, it still remains a silly comparison on that point alone.
    —————————-
    I believe a lot of what u said depends a lot on the tolerant level of the individual. Some folks can drink a guinness and get a buzz while smoke pot never does anything to them. I’m one of those people in the latter category.
    ————————————
    “wilburmills says:
    Apr 3, 2011 2:34 PM
    the mantra that Ryan Mallet has drug issues has soaken in pretty well..look at the first several responses to this article… too bad they aren’t true for the sheep and weak-minded who post these things…”
    —————————
    I agree 1000%
    —————————
    “hobartbaker says:
    Apr 3, 2011 1:04 PM
    “It isn’t Cam Newton because they didn’t test for HGH at the Combine.”
    ——————————-
    I see you have on your jealous glasses

    It’s clear why the media is pushing the twisted lies about Cam. It’s what folks like you want to believe. Can’t stand a kid that is God’s blessed, can you?

  32. vegashawk says: Apr 3, 2011 3:57 PM

    Apr 3, 2011 2:46 PM
    pkrlvr says:

    It’s nice to hear that it’s finally becoming accepted. There’s such a double standard when it comes to pot vs. alcohol!

    That’s because I can have a pint of Guinness at the pub after work and be fine to drive home. If you smoke a joint after work, you are too stoned to drive. If you aren’t, you’ll claim that you got ripped off.

    I’m pretty sure there are more alcohol related traffic accidents and deaths than there are marijuana incidents. Actually, I’m 100% sure this is true. Besides, Guinness is nasty.

  33. Dustin Chace White says: Apr 3, 2011 4:18 PM

    In response to the idiot who said you can’t drive stoned…. pretty obvious you’ve never smoked or barely tried it. I feel perfectly confident driving while high, but would never ever do so while intoxicated on alcohol.

    Educate yourself and stop believing all the lies they told you in middle school.

  34. thegonz13 says: Apr 3, 2011 4:29 PM

    Honest to God, knowing full well they’re going to get tested, how can anyone use drugs around Combine time? If that happens, forget about the Wonderlic because the guy is dumber than a bag of hammers!

  35. gjohn28 says: Apr 3, 2011 4:32 PM

    juancorsair says:

    That’s because I can have a pint of Guinness at the pub after work and be fine to drive home. If you smoke a joint after work, you are too stoned to drive. If you aren’t, you’ll claim that you got ripped off…

    Alcohol is served at many social gatherings without anyone getting slobbering drunk, while the only reason people smoke pot is to get stoned. While I wouldn’t expect a pothead to understand the distinction, it still remains a silly comparison on that point alone.
    ***********************
    Couldn’t agree more. I’ve never gotten the comparison of pot to alcohol. Who smokes pot because it tastes good?

  36. bcvv says: Apr 3, 2011 4:35 PM

    Marijuana will never be legalized because of the lobbying power pharmaceutical drugs wield. It is the LAST thing they want to happen.

    Next time you watch TV, notice how many drug commercials will air. When they list possible side effects it makes you wonder why anyone would even consider some perception drugs.

    The good news is if you experience nausea, dizziness, constipation, thoughts of suicide, a sudden drop in blood pressure, flushing, etc there are drugs for that too!!! 1ox more costly than other countries, but who is counting?

    The only side effects of Marijuana are maybe bloodshot eyes and empty boxes of Twinkies.

  37. mikebyrne1502 says: Apr 3, 2011 5:22 PM

    Whatever, it’s not the end of the world. I actually know a lot of athletes not just the younger ones that do it during and after the season, there is a lot of wear and tear on the body and some really use it to relax not just cuz its cool to smoke pot.

  38. broncfanor says: Apr 3, 2011 6:07 PM

    It’s amazing to me how many coconut heads (pot heads) think it’s perfectly acceptable to smoke pot because it isn’t a hard drug.

    It just shows total ignorance. ANYTHING that alters your mental state and is used to excess is a problem (including alcohol).

    It is also the sign of an addictive personality and whether you want to admit it or not can lead to other issues.

    This “hippy” attitude towards pot shows a total lack of maturity.

  39. thefiesty1 says: Apr 3, 2011 6:40 PM

    The Bungels will take them early, not to worry.

  40. footballrulz says: Apr 3, 2011 7:08 PM

    Couldn’t agree more. I’ve never gotten the comparison of pot to alcohol. Who smokes pot because it tastes good?
    __________________________________
    Obviously you have never smoked a good high quality bud, bud!!

  41. mrlynch33 says: Apr 3, 2011 8:05 PM

    @ OUMOONUNIT
    LMAO that was propably the funniest thing i have ever read on here

  42. cnelson13 says: Apr 3, 2011 8:33 PM

    Does anyone still call it “grass”?

  43. trickybastard says: Apr 4, 2011 12:39 AM

    Typical Florio regurgitating this story every year and milking it. By now we expect a couple players to test positive

  44. ernestbynershands says: Apr 4, 2011 1:19 AM

    Carl Spackler has a fine Kentucky Bluegrass /sensimilia blend we could use in the stadiums.
    And to think all these years we’ve been blaming steroids for increasing player size. Apparently it’s really the weed. And the munchies produced by weed.

  45. txnative61 says: Apr 4, 2011 3:26 AM

    Why are we having this conversation? How is it remotely relevant for the NFL to test for anything other than PED’s? With the possible exception of “the Freak”, marijuana does not enhance athletic performance.

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