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2009 NFL Draft Sees Three Prospects "Go to Pot"

ATLANTA - DECEMBER 06:  Percy Harvin #1 of the Florida Gators watches pregame warmups before the start of the SEC Championship against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the SEC Championship on December 6, 2008 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Mitch WilsonSenior Writer IApril 3, 2009

How stupid can twenty-something athletes be?

Is the lure of millions of dollars not enough to make them put down the bong for a few months a year, or at least during the heavily-scrtuinized period leading up to the NFL Draft?

This is going to impact the rest of their lives, after all.

Apparently, at least three players once deemed top choices think either that they are "untouchable" or that smoking dope is more important than their pro careers. Percy Harvin, Vontae Davis, and B.J. Raji all tested positive for marijuana at the NFL Combine.

Just so people don't think particular players or schools are being picked on, these guys knew for months they were going to be at the NFL Combine.

They knew they were going to be tested, but I guess they just don't think the cash they'll make as first-rounders will be enough to have fun with.

Moving down even a few spots in the NFL draft can mean a significant pay decrease,  and not just in the initial contract. Every contract afterwards will suffer; it's happened before.

With everyone looking more at "character issues" muich more after such embarassments as Michael Vick and Adam "Pacman" Jones, the NFL has made its desire to clean up its image clear. Trust me on this one: The rules and penalties for breaking them will get tougher; the league will be anything but more lenient.

 

So just how many spots does this end up costing these guys? That remains to be seen, but past positive tests have caused players to be drafted 10 positions lower than originally expected (in the case of Warren Sapp) and all the way up to 15 or more places (in the case of Randy Moss).

While both Sapp and Moss went on to pretty great careers, they are the exception, not the norm.

Every year, we hear about players getting into trouble. Sometimes it's overblown, sometimes it's understated, but one thing is for certain: There are many NFL teams that will cross these guys off their lists immediately. I applaud those teams.

 

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