FOX Sports is reporting that they have been told by multiple sources that Arizona State linbacker Vontaze Burfict, 21, tested positive for marijuana at the NFL Scouting Combine in February. In interviews at the combine, Burfict admitted to smoking marijuana in the past and when questioned in an interview on 4/25 he stated he does not smoke anymore.
Before the Combine, many experts picked Burfict to be drafted in the first round and now there is the possibility that he won’t be drafted at all. Teams began to question Burfict’s value when he had a poor performance at the Combine. Scout.com states:
“He ran a sluggish 40-yard dash at the combine in February, a high 4.9 to 5.09 clocking that he improved to 4.79 to 4.85 seconds at his campus Pro Day workout this spring.
And Burfict reportedly struggled during interviews at the combine, something he says he wished he had handled better during a generally overwhelming experience.
Burfict emphasized that he has turned things around since the combine and is eager to prove himself on and off the field.
Burfict said he’s down to 243 pounds after playing at roughly 260 pounds last season.”
This is the most important time in Burfict’s life. It is reported that he’s displayed a new work ethic since the Combine and is determined to become a valuable contributor to an NFL team.
It has also been reported that Ohio State tackle Mike Adams and Virginia Tech cornerback Jayron Hosley have failed drug tests.
Some teams frown upon this type of issue while others are not so concerned. It will be interesting to see how this plays out in the NFL Draft today.