Arizona State linebacker Vontaze Burfict's draft stock was already hanging on for dear life, after a series of on and off field issues plagued the one-time All-American candidate. After the news that broke just a day before the draft, Burfict can kiss any chance of hearing his name called goodbye.
Jay Glazer of FOX Sports reported Wednesday morning that Burfict, along with Virginia Tech cornerback Jayron Hosley, failed drug tests at February's NFL Scouting Combine. While a failed drug test is not typically a deal breaker for NFL teams, a failure at the Combine, when the prospect knows full well that the test is coming, is extra disturbing.
When that is added to the already damning combination of issues surrounding a player like Burfict, any teams that had Burfict still on their draft boards would be well served to take him off.
Just a few days ago, Burfict told WNST in Baltimore that any team taking him will be getting a great linebacker and a "great guy"
I just know whatever team picks me, they'll get a great linebacker. Once they see me on the field and see me off the field they'll be like ‘man the media had this guy totally wrong. He's just such a great guy' and stuff like that so there will be a lot of good words after this draft about me."
UPDATE: Rob Rang of CBS Sports and NFLDraftScout.com tweeted Wednesday night that he had learned that ASU defensive end Jamaar Jarrett had also failed a drug test at the Combine.