Max Bullough claims Rose Bowl suspension won’t hurt draft stock

AP

Former Michigan State linebacker Max Bullough’s college career came to an abrupt and early end when he was suspended for the Rose Bowl for a violation of team rules. But Bullough says that incident won’t affect where he gets drafted.

Bullough said at the Scouting Combine that he has spoken with several teams and they tell him that they don’t consider him a character risk.

“They all know what happened and the situation, and moving forward it’s not going to affect my draft stock whatsoever,” Bullough said, via Josh Katzenstein of the Detroit News.

Frankly, that’s a little hard to believe: NFL teams always consider a player’s off-field issues when they decide where to place him on their draft boards, and a player who missed the biggest game of his college career because he wouldn’t or couldn’t follow team rules is a player NFL teams are going to hesitate about. Michigan State never explained which team rules Bullough broke, and Bullough is refusing to say.

“That’s a situation that I’m not discussing right now,” he said. “It’s a personal issue, and I’m moving forward from it. I made a mistake. I let down my teammates, I let down my coaches, I let down my family, but right now I’m looking forward to the NFL.””

Bullough has to hope NFL teams are convinced he won’t let them down with another off-field mistake.