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Report: Jimmy Smith failed three drug tests, admitted abusing codeine

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Colorado cornerback Jimmy Smith is on the short list of the most talented players in this year’s NFL draft. But he’ll likely have to wait at least a few hours to hear his name called tonight.

The reason is that NFL teams have major questions about Smith’s character, and those questions include the abuse of drugs, specifically codeine.

Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that Smith flunked three drug tests at Colorado, and he told at least one club that one of the three was for misusing codeine.

Codeine may be a particular red flag for NFL teams right now. The Raiders want to trade up into the first round and were once thought to be interested in moving up for Smith, but the latest reports out of the Bay Area indicate that the Raiders aren’t going to take a chance on a guy with a codeine issue so soon after the JaMarcus Russell debacle.

Smith’s character problems (which also reportedly include issues with alcohol, getting women pregnant and an arrest for assault) are so voluminous that a survey of 24 personnel executives found 11 of them wouldn’t even take him in the second round, let alone the first.

Still, it only takes one team to like Smith enough to take him in the first round. And no one doubts his talent.

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  1. carlgerbschmidt says: Apr 28, 2011 9:56 AM

    Really? Jimmy? How could you let this happen? Daz is going to be all over you like a monkey on a cupcake…

  2. berniemadoffsides says: Apr 28, 2011 9:56 AM

    He’ll be the 33rd pick of the draft.

  3. bleedgreen08052 says: Apr 28, 2011 9:56 AM

    I hope my Birds get this druggie.

  4. gregjennings85 says: Apr 28, 2011 9:56 AM

    This kid is the best pure CB in this draft. I hope he keeps his nose clean.

  5. goawayeverybody says: Apr 28, 2011 10:00 AM

    Codeine makes a person slow and tired. I’d be much more concerned if he were using performance enhancing drugs.

  6. xtb3 says: Apr 28, 2011 10:00 AM

    Codeine is legal and over the counter in drug stores truought Canada. (222s)

    I thought you said USA was a free country?

  7. zoxitic says: Apr 28, 2011 10:03 AM

    He’s a fornicator? I wonder if anyone will be “banging the table” for him.

  8. chatham10 says: Apr 28, 2011 10:04 AM

    I heard with this background he has decided to go back to school and become a lawyer .

  9. jw731 says: Apr 28, 2011 10:04 AM

    I just don’t get it….

  10. zoxitic says: Apr 28, 2011 10:05 AM

    Ryan Mallett is starting to look like a choir boy.

  11. isaeus says: Apr 28, 2011 10:06 AM

    Wow, I can’t believe this is coming out today.

    He loves the Purple Drank!!!

  12. zoxitic says: Apr 28, 2011 10:06 AM

    Ryan Mallett is starting to look like a choir boy.

    ____________

    Well, maybe a “street” choir boy.

  13. chapnastier says: Apr 28, 2011 10:07 AM

    Things happen to kids in college, can’t fault him for everything.

  14. kevinfromphilly says: Apr 28, 2011 10:08 AM

    Damn shame – a kid with that much talent, and he basically throws it away.

  15. duanethomas says: Apr 28, 2011 10:08 AM

    No way this clown

    In the first round

    Like Jolly and Russell

    He will be in the tank

    Because he loves

    That purple drank.

    I would not consider him unless I had strong veteran leadership and a strong organization. Even then not before the 4th round.

  16. nabz034 says: Apr 28, 2011 10:08 AM

    2nd rd?

  17. cover2blitz0 says: Apr 28, 2011 10:08 AM

    purple drank anyone?

  18. gosuhgo says: Apr 28, 2011 10:08 AM

    Jamarcus cromartie

  19. nyctexan says: Apr 28, 2011 10:09 AM

    He love dat puuurrrrp

  20. nabz034 says: Apr 28, 2011 10:09 AM

    I can’t see any team risking a first rd pick on Aqib Talib 2.0

  21. clintonportisheadd says: Apr 28, 2011 10:10 AM

    It’s sort of bizarre.

    Many folks in the NFL have/had opiate issues (Favre and Sean Payton to name but 2) but when black folks like Johnny Jolly, Russell, and this kid Smith) it’s a “red flag”.

    Reminds me of the double standard on cocaine. White folks with powder get probation and black rocks with rocks get jail.

  22. clintonportisheadd says: Apr 28, 2011 10:11 AM

    Smith’s character problems (which also reportedly include getting women pregnant …)

    ———————-

    Antonio Cromartie wants to know since when did that become a character issue?

  23. Tim says: Apr 28, 2011 10:12 AM

    So all the ‘experts’ that have him going to the Eagles at 23 must have been on that purple stuff..

    I expect them to move up for Amukamara or Peterson.. but by Eagles standards I expect something completely out of left-field.

  24. jaggedmark says: Apr 28, 2011 10:12 AM

    So how is it we have specific drug details for Smith, but never got specific details on Mallett?

  25. friendlylittletrees says: Apr 28, 2011 10:15 AM

    Sugar. Water. Purple.

  26. whatchutalkinabouthillis says: Apr 28, 2011 10:16 AM

    At least he’s honest

  27. klock77 says: Apr 28, 2011 10:17 AM

    Codeine is bad news, big fan of Jimmy Smith talent wise. But risk is to great in my mind he gets his Jamarcus Russel on. Lets see the Raiders nab Colin Kapernick, and let him sit behind Campbell for a year or two.

  28. raiderinpa says: Apr 28, 2011 10:17 AM

    Dont care… would love the Raiders to grab him tomorrow at #48.. dont trade up, Al!

  29. We'reFineThere says: Apr 28, 2011 10:20 AM

    The article dropped the “3 years ago” but did not go into greater detail of how he has acted since. I understand you can’t “take the hood out of the player” but I wanted to see what has happened in the last 3 years….just like I’d imagine everyone else reading the article did. Everybody knows he was a moron 3 years ago, so I question whether this is news.

  30. feldman9000 says: Apr 28, 2011 10:25 AM

    Hey Al Davis,

    trade up to number one to get scam newton. He’s totally worth it. We’ll take all your draft picks in return including your number 1’s for the next 3 years. We’ll even give you extra insurance and send you Jimmy Claussen. Such a sweet offer.

    Sincerely,

    Marty Hurney.

    P.S. – we will try and not trade away all those picks to the patriots.

  31. clear2me says: Apr 28, 2011 10:28 AM

    What’s in a name? Here on PFT we have Jimmy Smith the blog abuser and now we have Jimmy Smith the drug abuser, interesting.

  32. ijr213 says: Apr 28, 2011 10:28 AM

    Perrish Cox had similar issues with similar talent levels and fell all the way to the 5th round. And now he may go to jail for several years.

    Smith may want to look to that as the precedent that may come his way.

  33. bigginfragable says: Apr 28, 2011 10:33 AM

    Oh please. I pray my Bucs stay away from this trainwreck waiting to happen. We can deal with this already with T-Jax….at least his vice is just “the pot”.

    This guy sounds like JaMarcus Russell, Travis Henry and PacMan/Chris Henry uberclone, just waiting to explode.

  34. kissbillsrings says: Apr 28, 2011 10:33 AM

    talk about a ticking time bomb…..sounds like a slow learner to me….buyer beware!!!!

  35. brysum14 says: Apr 28, 2011 10:43 AM

    Sad to see such supreme talent ALREADY wasted. As a Cowboys fan I not so secretly hoped we could grab him in the 2nd round. Not anymore. I’ve been all in for Pacman, for T.O, for Tank Johnson, every headcase before during and after the signing. Let him enjoy his drank somewhere else, I’d rather see Newman get scorched again than……. well. Maybe If he’s in the 3rd round.

  36. patpatriotagain says: Apr 28, 2011 10:44 AM

    berniemadoffsides says: Apr 28, 2011 9:56 AM

    He’ll be the 33rd pick of the draft.
    ————————————————
    only if someone trades up, ****wad. where did BB take the second best tight end in the draft last year? Hernandez – 5th round.

  37. tryagainplease says: Apr 28, 2011 10:44 AM

    and here mike pontius pilate-orio has spent months crucifying mallett…

  38. ravenution says: Apr 28, 2011 10:54 AM

    Who cares what he did? The nfl owners can break the law so why cant all of us just ignore laws and court orders. Oh thats right. White people are above the law in america. Got it.

  39. yem123 says: Apr 28, 2011 10:55 AM

    to the guy who thinks there is a double standard…. there’s not.

    Favre got prescription medication for an injury, the medication was one of the most addictive in the world, and he got hooked.

    Smith and JaMarcus are downing cough syrup from CVS. It’s not like they have some recurring hacking cough and used it for legit purposes then couldn’t kick it.

  40. thephantomstranger says: Apr 28, 2011 11:02 AM

    Sounds perfect for the Packers. They’re known for having players who like the purple drank. In fact, they’re thinking about changing the name to green and gold drank.

  41. freddyfelder says: Apr 28, 2011 11:02 AM

    Houston, We have a problem…

  42. lionfan419 says: Apr 28, 2011 11:09 AM

    im hoping lions get Prince at #13 and this joke falls rto us in 2nd and get two talented corners and hope Suh scares the crap out od Smith and we have a dominant defense for years.

  43. supashug says: Apr 28, 2011 11:15 AM

    sounds like every other NFL player, he just needs more help hiding his issues

  44. granadafan says: Apr 28, 2011 11:25 AM

    What did Colorado do to help/make this guy get help? Nothing. They just turned their head and let him play.

  45. 28purple4mvp says: Apr 28, 2011 11:25 AM

    That explains the lame posts by JIMMY SMITH-A stupid is what a stupid does-You would think the last thing JIMMY would drink would be the PURPLE DRANK-Its his favorite color-

  46. thefiesty1 says: Apr 28, 2011 11:27 AM

    Another one that you won’t here about doing something like Larson just did. He will fit in just fine in Cincy.

  47. dietrich43 says: Apr 28, 2011 11:39 AM

    “I heard with this background he has decided to go back to school and become a lawyer .”

    Failed drug tests, fathering children out of wedlock. Throw in a law degree, and he’ll be a Senator!

  48. oldbyrd says: Apr 28, 2011 11:41 AM

    THE VERY BEST THING YOU CAN DO FOR THIS KID IS……..LET HIM GO UNDRAFTED. IMAGINE WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF HE GETS A BIG CONTRACT. HE IS CERTAINLY NOT HEADED IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION.. THEY HAVE MY EAGLES TAKING HIM. I HOPE ANDY KNOWS HOW BIG A RISK HE IS.

  49. chiefcarnes says: Apr 28, 2011 12:10 PM

    A dreggie, is a druggie, is a druggie. I have problems with people of wealth not understanding that simple fact LOOK AROUND YOU!

  50. wydok says: Apr 28, 2011 12:10 PM

    Time to update your mock draft. Eagles won’t draft him now.

  51. tombradysponytail says: Apr 28, 2011 12:29 PM

    What if Jimmy Smith falls to the Vikes in round 2? Can you imagine, Jimmy Smith a viking? That would be so cool.

  52. whatswiththehate says: Apr 28, 2011 12:32 PM

    Report: Jimmy Smith failed three drug tests, admitted abusing codeine
    Posted by Michael David Smith on April 28, 2011, 9:54 AM EDT

    APColorado cornerback Jimmy Smith is on the short list of the most talented players in this year’s NFL draft. But he’ll likely have to wait at least a few hours to hear his name called tonight.

    The reason is that NFL teams have major questions about Smith’s character, and those questions include the abuse of drugs, specifically codeine.

    Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that Smith flunked three drug tests at Colorado, and he told at least one club that one of the three was for misusing codeine.

    Codeine may be a particular red flag for NFL teams right now. The Raiders want to trade up into the first round and were once thought to be interested in moving up for Smith, but the latest reports out of the Bay Area indicate that the Raiders aren’t going to take a chance on a guy with a codeine issue so soon after the JaMarcus Russell debacle.

    Smith’s character problems (which also reportedly include issues with alcohol, getting women pregnant and an arrest for assault) are so voluminous that a survey of 24 personnel executives found 11 of them wouldn’t even take him in the second round, let alone the first.

    Still, it only takes one team to like Smith enough to take him in the first round. And no one doubts his talent.

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    carlgerbschmidt says:
    Apr 28, 2011 9:56 AM
    Really? Jimmy? How could you let this happen? Daz is going to be all over you like a monkey on a cupcake…

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    Apr 28, 2011 9:56 AM
    He’ll be the 33rd pick of the draft.

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    Apr 28, 2011 9:56 AM
    I hope my Birds get this druggie.

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    Apr 28, 2011 9:56 AM
    This kid is the best pure CB in this draft. I hope he keeps his nose clean.

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    goawayeverybody says:
    Apr 28, 2011 10:00 AM
    Codeine makes a person slow and tired. I’d be much more concerned if he were using performance enhancing drugs.

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    xtb3 says:
    Apr 28, 2011 10:00 AM
    Codeine is legal and over the counter in drug stores truought Canada. (222s)

    I thought you said USA was a free country?

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    zoxitic says:
    Apr 28, 2011 10:03 AM
    He’s a fornicator? I wonder if anyone will be “banging the table” for him.

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    chatham10 says:
    Apr 28, 2011 10:04 AM
    I heard with this background he has decided to go back to school and become a lawyer .

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    jw731 says:
    Apr 28, 2011 10:04 AM
    I just don’t get it….

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    zoxitic says:
    Apr 28, 2011 10:05 AM
    Ryan Mallett is starting to look like a choir boy.

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    isaeus says:
    Apr 28, 2011 10:06 AM
    Wow, I can’t believe this is coming out today.

    He loves the Purple Drank!!!

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    zoxitic says:
    Apr 28, 2011 10:06 AM
    Ryan Mallett is starting to look like a choir boy.

    ____________

    Well, maybe a “street” choir boy.

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    chapnastier says:
    Apr 28, 2011 10:07 AM
    Things happen to kids in college, can’t fault him for everything.

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    kevinfromphilly says:
    Apr 28, 2011 10:08 AM
    Damn shame – a kid with that much talent, and he basically throws it away.

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    duanethomas says:
    Apr 28, 2011 10:08 AM
    No way this clown

    In the first round

    Like Jolly and Russell

    He will be in the tank

    Because he loves

    That purple drank.

    I would not consider him unless I had strong veteran leadership and a strong organization. Even then not before the 4th round.

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    nabz034 says:
    Apr 28, 2011 10:08 AM
    2nd rd?

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    cover2blitz0 says:
    Apr 28, 2011 10:08 AM
    purple drank anyone?

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    gosuhgo says:
    Apr 28, 2011 10:08 AM
    Jamarcus cromartie

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    nyctexan says:
    Apr 28, 2011 10:09 AM
    He love dat puuurrrrp

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    nabz034 says:
    Apr 28, 2011 10:09 AM
    I can’t see any team risking a first rd pick on Aqib Talib 2.0

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    clintonportisheadd says:
    Apr 28, 2011 10:10 AM
    It’s sort of bizarre.

    Many folks in the NFL have/had opiate issues (Favre and Sean Payton to name but 2) but when black folks like Johnny Jolly, Russell, and this kid Smith) it’s a “red flag”.

    Reminds me of the double standard on cocaine. White folks with powder get probation and black rocks with rocks get jail.
    ———————————–
    You forgot to add Ryan Leaf, and Erik Aignes (Jet back-up QB).

    The sports media seem to now be a snapshot of our society… Sad.

  53. jebdamone says: Apr 28, 2011 1:53 PM

    funny that mallett is rumored to have smoked some pot, drink and MAYBE do some other drugs but has never failed a drug test and his ‘character concerns’ are off the charts possibly dropping him as far as the 3rd round.
    how is it even possible, if this kid really has failed three drug tests, that he even was allowed to play in college? from what i have seen though, smith has superstar talent, hope that he straightens his sh32 out.

  54. fighting69th says: Apr 28, 2011 2:12 PM

    This kid is pure bengal. Draft him.

  55. eaterofbirds says: Apr 28, 2011 3:10 PM

    “Codeine is a controlled substance. The FDA and the DEA strictly oversee its legal production. Therefore, possession of codeine without a prescription is illegal.”

    this was for whomever decided to post without facts. me thinks he fell for the ‘purple drank’ being referred to above also (ie: Robitussin..)

    Me thinks he was searching for the buzz that comes with ‘robo trippin’ as the kids refer to it..dextromethorphan (DXM) to be more precise with it’s hallucinogenic induced properties and affects the sensory controls. I wonder if they test for DXM in the NFL?

    Athletic? sure..stupid? yep..Bengals should move him to the top of the heap.

  56. houndog50 says: Apr 28, 2011 3:13 PM

    thephantomstranger says: Apr 28, 2011 11:02 AM

    Sounds perfect for the Packers. They’re known for having players who like the purple drank. In fact, they’re thinking about changing the name to green and gold drank.
    —————————————————————And just who besides Jolly ever had a problem in GB? Favre got hooked on prescription Vicodin and who else did what???????
    This Smith guy sounds like a first round Steeler to me, he’ll fit right in with smilin’ Hines, and make that Black & Gold drank.
    And it ain’t no race thing guys, none of us, black or white, handed him the bottle or took his rubbers away! He made his own choices.

  57. layden18 says: Apr 28, 2011 5:01 PM

    kids like this what are they thinking they have all the talent in the world and they mess up like this over and over again and on top of this hes about 2 get paid millions of dollers yeah way to go yeah lets see him do well 4 him self right……….

  58. mogogo1 says: Apr 28, 2011 5:26 PM

    All the talent in the world doesn’t do your team any good if the guy’s going to be suspended. Why would you waste a good pick on this guy?

    And why exactly was CU drug testing players if they didn’t care what the results were? Yet another great memory of the horrid Dan Hawkins era.

  59. gron4u says: Apr 28, 2011 11:56 PM

    Is there anything a young person can do after acknowledging past mistakes to redeem himself? How many of us did stupid things in our youth?Are you guys capable of judging your own future based on what you did in the past ? Jimmy Smith is now a Baltimore Raven. I, for ,one wish the young man a very,very successful career. The Raven locker room has some very strong positive role models. There are so many people that do not believe in redemption. Who are we to judge anybody?

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