Former Alabama LB Reuben Foster created new questions about his maturity when he was sent home from the NFL Combine. But at least one team decided it wasn’t interested in him well before that.
A team with a top-15 pick in the 2017 NFL Draft had already removed Foster from its draft board because of character concerns before the combine, according to The MMQB’s Robert Klemko. Foster’s incident with a hospital employee in Indianapolis only reinforced what the team’s personnel people already believed.
“He already had immaturity, issues with life skills. This is the same guy,” said an anonymous talent evaluator for the team. “We’re not in the market.”
The NFL sent Foster home from the combine after he got impatient waiting for a medical exam at Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital and allegedly said he would “put hands on” a male hospital employee.
Foster later apologized to NFL teams for the incident. He recounted what he said in that apology when he spoke to Klemko.
“The main point I want to get across is that I’m sorry, because it was a dream experience for me to be there at the combine,” Foster said. “And it hurts not to be there, even with me not touching him and just arguing with him. There are plenty of opportunities to let someone take you down. At the end of the day it didn’t do nothing but hurt me. It was a learning experience, a small stepping stone.”
Many NFL talent evaluators rate Foster as a top-10 prospect. He recorded 113 tackles with 13.0 TFL and 5.0 sacks as a senior in 2016.