The months leading up the NFL Draft have not been kind to Arizona State linebacker Vontaze Burfict. After a subpar 2011 season, he did not perform well in the NFL combine and has gone from a projected first rounder in the NFL Draft to perhaps an undrafted player.
The news got worse for him and a former teammate as sources report that Burfict and defensive end Jamaar Jarrett failed drug tests at the NFL Combine.
They were among six players that tested positive for drugs at the combine.
While drug use among college students, especially among athletes, is nothing new or even surprising, it raises questions in this case. All players that go to the combine know that they will be given a drug test.
If Burfict or Jarrett end up in the NFL, this failed test will have them automatically put in their substance abuse program. A future failed test could lead to a four-game suspension.
While Burfict already has done enough damage to himself for his draft stock, this event could completely ruin any chances that Jarrett had of being drafted, even in the late rounds.
The NFL Draft begins on Thursday. We will see if and when either former Sun Devil is selected.
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