Prior to his senior year, Vontaze Burfict was widely considered to be the top linebacker in the 2012 NFL draft.
Oh, how quickly things change.
In the span of one season at Arizona State University, Burfict managed to not only destroy his status as a first-round draft pick, but he might not be drafted at all.
The sledgehammer used to destroy his reputation as an aggressive, instinctual linebacker included many reasons.
In three seasons at ASU, he collected an utterly ridiculous 17 personal fouls.
He was also known to blame coaches, as reported via ESPN, for his poor performance during his senior season, and he became known for openly disregarding coaches' orders. (At one point after a personal foul penalty, Burfict was requested to get off the field by the head coach, and he refused.)
The linebacker also posted times and stats at the combine you wouldn't expect from a potential first-round pick. (Burfict ran a 5.09-second 40-yard dash, which was the slowest time for any linebacker.)
All in all, it's led to waning interest from NFL teams.
The Daily reported Sunday that the former ASU linebacker has yet to receive an invite from any NFL team for a private workout, which was confirmed by Burfict's agent, Charles Price.
Things may change come draft day, but it's looking as if Burfict has done everything feasible to ruin his potential career as an NFL linebacker.
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