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Report: Houston, Ballard failed combine drug test

Posted on: April 26, 2011 10:34 am
Edited on: April 26, 2011 11:29 am
 
Georgia outside linebacker/defensive end Justin Houston and Iowa defensive lineman Christian Ballard failed drug tests at the scouting combine in Indianapolis in February, according to a report by FOXSports.com.

Houston is a converted defensive end who registered 10 sacks as a junior in a pass-rushing role created for him by the Bulldogs' defensive staff, and he jumped on the opportunity to leave Georgia after his junior season. He has been considered a late-first or second-round draft value and is the No. 44-rated player overall by NFLDraftScout.com.

Houston has been an intriguing prospect for 3-4 teams because he already has a season of experience rushing off the edge, compared to most converted defensive ends who need to make a completely new transition to the role in the NFL. However, he's also considered a one-trick pony who is more athlete than football player at this point and might lack the explosiveness to develop into an elite pass rusher in the NFL.

Ballard has been projected as a second-round pick and is the 59th-rated prospect by NFLDraftScout.com, including the 10th-rated player in a very deep defensive end class. He has experience inside and outside and plays with explosion and hustle. A tight end when he arrived at Iowa, Ballard is excellent in one-on-one drills but struggles to make impact plays once the whistle blows.

Neither player has any previous records involving marijuana, according to the FOXSports.com report. If the reports of a failed drug test are true, it could significantly impact both players, who were already entering the draft fighting the dreaded 'tweener label as excellent athletes who might lack an ideal position in the NFL.

--Derek Harper, NFLDraftScout.com Executive Editor

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 9, 2012 1:48 am
 

Report: Houston, Ballard failed combine drug test

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 3:40 am
 

Report: Houston, Ballard failed combine drug test

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Since: Mar 22, 2008
Posted on: April 26, 2011 6:39 pm
 

Report: Houston, Ballard failed combine drug test

this is whats out...but is it true???   supposedly the same thing happened to clay matthews last year as did a few others and none of those were true. and he denied it while he got bad press from it. it ended up being not true
from a scout friend of mine...That's what is being circulated. He supposedly failed a drug test at the combine. I made a few calls to get more information but like every year when this kind of thing comes out, the sources are never named. Like in this case too...the sources were never named. If a player fails he is notified by the league and NFL teams are notifed. He wasnt notified. 

im not believing this until its official..and fox news reporting it...makes this very UNOFFICIAL 

 



Since: Jul 27, 2010
Posted on: April 26, 2011 2:27 pm
 

Report: Houston, Ballard failed combine drug test

I think most people that educate themselves will see that weed is not harmful, that said, the issue here is that they were smoking an illegal drug and couldn't stay away for the very short amount of time it takes for THC to get out of your system. It's not an issue of whether or not weed should be legal, it's a matter of how idiotic you have to be to smoke weed when you know FOR A FACT that you will be tested in the next few weeks. I have a ton of friends who indulge fairly regularly and whenever a job interview is coming up, they stop for a few weeks. It really is that easy...if you know a possible test, or definite test in the this situation, is coming there is NO reason you should ever get caught.



Since: Oct 18, 2010
Posted on: April 26, 2011 2:04 pm
 

Report: Houston, Ballard failed combine drug test

THEY STILL GOT HIGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What's wrong with you?




Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: April 26, 2011 1:16 pm
 

Report: Houston, Ballard failed combine drug test

I'm sure it won't come out, but Houston and Ballard were representing all rookies at the NFLPA vs. NFL owners meetings.  While at that meeting they had to partake in the partying between both sides, and through pure PEER pressure, they had to light up.  Now since there is a stay in the court proceedings, Houston and Ballard were thrown under the bus as the only two who smoked weed.



Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: April 26, 2011 12:04 pm
 

Report: Houston, Ballard failed combine drug test

Their agents will tell you that they do not smoke but may have been in presence of those that do. Second hand smoke caused the positive test results.



Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: April 26, 2011 12:02 pm
 

Report: Houston, Ballard failed combine drug test

Their agents will tell you that they do not smoke but may have been in presence of those that do. Second hand smoke caused the positive test results.



Since: May 31, 2007
Posted on: April 26, 2011 11:36 am
 

Report: Houston, Ballard failed combine drug test

Seriously, I've never understood failing a drug test at the combine.  They literally have it scheduled over a year in advance.  All players know *exactly* when it will be, and know they will be drug tested there.  Yet every year a couple of guys fail the test.  If you can't lay off whatever it was for at least long enough to come up clean at the biggest interview for the biggest career move you'll ever make... then what's going to convince anyone you can stay clean once you have the job?

Failing any drug test raises the concern about later issues, and a team would have to look into it more deeply.  But failing an utterly predictable and maeuverable drug test?  That implies a lack of either self-control or dedication.  And THAT would keep me from drafting someone, more so than the actual drug issue itself.



Since: May 13, 2009
Posted on: April 26, 2011 11:15 am
 

Report: Houston, Ballard failed combine drug test

Yeah, they are FAR from rocket scientists, but they were AT LEAST intelligent enough not to fail the test at the combine. Those who do fail the test at the combine are either A) being set up or B) literally, dumber than a bag of hammers. Yeah, you probably don't want those guys on your team.


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