Burfict, Hosley failed drug tests at Combine

Written by Gil Alcaraz IV on April 25, 2012


Vontaze BurfictAs if Arizona State linebacker Vontaze Burfict needed more negative notes to add to his résumé as a potential undrafted NFL prospect.

According to Jay Glazer, NFL teams were informed this week that both Burfict and Virginia Tech cornerback Jayron Hosley tested positive for banned substances at February’s NFL Scouting Combine.

Considering that Burfict’s first-round value has plummeted all the way down to undrafted territory, this report only continues to worsen his chances of ever making it in the NFL. With numerous concerns, including his drive to get better and inability to control his temper on the field, a positive drug test could be what seals his fate as the biggest waste of potential in this year’s draft.

As for Hosley, the drug test isn’t as much of a deal breaker. It could however, take him down from a Day 2 prospect to a Day 3 prospect. More than anything, it will raise questions about his character and dedication.

According to Pro Football Talk, there are three other players who tested positive at the Combine whose names have yet to be publicly released.

With a chance at playing in the NFL on the line, an inability to abstain from drugs definitely raises some red flags. As if Burfict didn’t already have enough red flags scaring away potential suitors…

Gil Alcaraz IV

Gil is the owner of the Minnesota Vikings blog, The Viking Den, and an editorial writer for Lakers Nation. Having followed the NFL Draft for years, Gil has had a knack for naming some of the big surprise players to make it in the NFL. Gil is also a member of the Football Writers Association of America. See all posts by Gil Alcaraz IV.