What’s the effect of Reuben Foster failing a drug test at the NFL Scouting Combine?
In the view of ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, the former Alabama linebacker’s draft stock could take a hit. Still, the analyst expects Foster to be picked in the first round.
Schefter spoke to Paul Finebaum on The Paul Finebaum Show on SEC Network on Thursday, shortly after news broke that Foster’s urine sample was “dilute” and will be treated as a positive test. Foster said food poisoning caused him to be dehydrated for the test, which led to the result.
Foster, who many project to go early in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft, could see his draft stock impacted with this latest development. It’s part of a rough pre-draft process for the former Alabama player. Foster was sent home early from the combine after a dispute with a hospital employee.
“It doesn’t help him any,” Schefter told Finebaum. “And it probably pushes him down some. He’s fortunate in that his talent is good enough, his toughness is good enough, that I still think he’ll be a first-round pick. But teams are asking questions, no doubt.”
Schefter also said that teams “love” Foster’s talent and toughness. The analyst said there are questions involving the player, but he added that there were concerns about Foster before this latest episode.
In the end, skill is valued above all in the NFL. Yes, this situation doesn’t help Foster. But he produced impressive tape at Alabama, so teams will value his college production.
It will be interesting to see what happens to Foster when the 2017 NFL Draft begins next Thursday.
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"I still think Reuben Foster is a first round pick but teams are asking questions, no doubt" pic.twitter.com/5x6ASCZNx1
— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) April 20, 2017