Sunday, April 8, 2012
2012 NFL Draft Prospects with Checkered Pasts
Another year, another group of NFL prospects with pasts littered with character concerns. With that comes the age old question, when does talent trump the potential hassle? The Lions bargained last year that previous character concerns were not important, and got burned by way of three of their draft picks getting arrested for marijuana this offseason. Looks like they won't be making the same mistake again this time. None of this means these guys will be the next guy to shoot themselves in a club, but they do come with some concern.
Related: 2011 NFL Draft Prospects with Checkered Pasts.
Janoris Jenkins - CB - North Alabama: Arrested three times while with the Florida Gators. Once for rolling a joint in the bathroom of night club, charged with resisting an officer without violence while being on the receiving end of a taser, and another marijuana charge after smoking a blunt in a parked car. In addition to this he has 4 children with 3 different mothers, and not surprisingly a failed drug test.
Bruce Irvin - DE/OLB - WVU: Arrested on March 17, 2012 on charges of Destruction of Property and Disorderly Conduct after breaking a sign in a Jimmy Johns.
Malcolm Beyah - WR - MTSU: Middle Tennessee State WR was arrested March 25, 2012 for domestic violence after an incident with his girlfriend.
Orson Charles - TE - Georgia: Police found Charles' vehicle stopped in the road and when they stopped to help he started to drive again. He was found to be drunk with a BAC of .095 and arrested for DUI.
Chris Rainey - RB - Florida: Arrested on a felony charge of aggravated stalking. It started with a early morning text reading, "You don't care about me," and ended with him at her door before texting her, "Time to die, bitch."
Jewel Hampton - RB - Southern Illinois: Arrested and charged with public intoxication and underage precense at a liquor establishment after being "actively involved in several physical altercations within the bar." Hampton was later kicked off of the Iowa Hawkeyes team, and it was rumored to be due to a failed drug test. (Editors Note: Hampton transfered from the program, he was not kicked off the team. You may now resume your regularly scheduled drunk athletes.)
Marc Tyler - RB - USC: Allegedly spit on a female that helped him home from the bar when he was intoxicated, and also allegedly touched a girl inappropriately at the bar that same night. Suspended from the team following some comments about getting money to TMZ.
LaMichael James - RB - Oregon: Arrested, and later plead not guilty, to charges of misdemeanor charges of menacing, strangulation and assault. He allegedly grabbed his girlfriend by the neck during an argument and shoved her to the ground.
Justin Blackmon - WR - Oklahoma State: DUI charge in 2010 led to a one game suspension, he was leaving a Dallas Cowboys game where he was watching former teammate Dez Bryant play.
Devier Posey - WR - Ohio State: Suspended following the receipt of improper benefits during Tattoo-gate at tOSU.
B.J. Cunningham - WR - Michigan State: One of the 8 Michigan State Spartans suspended for their suspected involvement in dorm assaults.
Travis Benjamin - WR - Miami: One of the named recipients of Nevin Shapiro's inproper benefits. Benjamin was later suspended for the allegations.
Michael Floyd - WR - Notre Dame: Arrested on three alcohol related charges, including a drunken brawl in 2010 that led to him covered in blood and receiving an underage consumption ticket, another underage charge, and a DUI with a BAC of .19.
Riley Reiff - OT - Iowa: Police officers allegedly found Reiff "undressing" and "acting disoriented" in 2009 - he later plead guilty to intoxication and interference with official acts.
Mike Adams - OT - Ohio State: Charged with possession of drug paraphernalia after the car he was in ran a stop sign. Failed Drug Test at NFL Combine.
J.B. Shugarts - OT - Ohio State: Charged with possession of drug paraphernalia in the same incident mentioned above with Mike Adams.
Johnnie Troutman - OG - Penn State: Arrested and charged with failure to obey a traffic device, driving without a license, and DUI following a traffic stop. His BAC was listed as between .10 and .16.
Frank Alexander - DE - Oklahoma: Stabbed after a night club brawl that allegedly involved guns, knives, and tire irons.
Janzen Jackson - S - McNeese State: Allegedly involved in a 2009 robbery that led to the dismissal of 2 players at Tennessee. Suspended for a game in 2009 for failing a drug test, and later dismissed for good for "Violation of Team Rules" prior to the 2011 season which was allegedly due to failed drug tests.
Dre Kirkpatrick - CB - Alabama: arrested and charged with possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana shortly after announcing his intentions to join the NFL Draft. Charges were later dropped.
Shaun Prater - CB - Iowa: Arrested on DUI charges with a BAC of .134. Told police that the bartender must have spiked his soda while at the bar.
Cliff Harris - CB - Oregon: Pulled over going 118 MPH in a 65 MPH zone, when officers smelled weed and asked where it was, Harris responded that "We smoked it all." He was later dismissed from the team.
Jack Crawford - DE - Penn State: Police responded to an alleged burglary at his and another Penn State players apartment, and upon entering found marijuana and drug paraphernalia. No charges have been filed yet.
Alfonzo Dennard - CB - Nebraska: Arrested for punching a cop who was trying to break up a after-bar fight, one week before the combine.
Vontaze Burfict - LB - Arizona State: Failed drug test at NFL Combine.
Jayron Hosley - CB - Virginia Tech: Failed drug test at NFL Combine.
If I'm missing any, please let me know in the comments.