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 Post subject: Houston & Ballard fail drug tests at Combine
PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 2011 5:37 pm 
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Updated Apr 26, 2011 3:02 PM ET

Two highly regarded college defensive prospects will enter this week's NFL draft with red flags.

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Multiple sources told FOXSports.com that Georgia outside linebacker/defensive end Justin Houston and Iowa defensive lineman Christian Ballard failed drug tests at the NFL Scouting Combine in February. Both players tested positive for marijuana, the sources said.

Houston, an early entry junior, is projected in some mock drafts as a late first-round draft choice. The 6-foot-3, 270-pound Houston had 67 tackles and 10 sacks last season for the Bulldogs as a rush linebacker.

Houston's athleticism and pass-rush skills make him especially appealing as an outside linebacker for NFL teams that use a 3-4 defensive scheme.

The 6-foot-4, 283-pound Ballard was projected by some draft analysts to get selected as early as the second round. Ballard played at both end and tackle in 13 starts for the Hawkeyes last season, tallying 43 tackles and three sacks. Ballard notched at least 40 tackles in each of his past three seasons at Iowa. Ballard's wing span and athleticism have made him an intriguing draft prospect.

Houston and Ballard have clean police records and no known history of marijuana use.

The agents for Houston and Ballard didn't return telephone calls or emails seeking comment.

The NFL draft will take place Thursday through Saturday in New York City.

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 Post subject: Re: Houston & Ballard fail drug tests at Combine
PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 2011 6:42 pm 
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Scratch Houston off the list of def ends for the Falcon's. If Tampa takes Clayborn and if the Falcs pass on Houston if still available we are probably looking at Rudolph or Torrey Smith. I'm not crazy about Reed or Ayers for the Falcon's.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 2011 6:43 pm 
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And another one flunks the falcon filter.

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 Post subject: Re: Houston & Ballard fail drug tests at Combine
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Sometimes it makes you wonder about these players. Here they are going for millions yet can't seem to grasp that they'll be tested and most of the time found out yet still do these stupid things like take drugs. Where's the priorities of the players. At least wait till after the combine to have your fun.

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Well they say it every year this time..."so the kids know they have this coming, and still fail." how much dumber do you get at that point?? its a job interview.

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We should take Houston, him and Babs can torch a victory blunt together after every win :mrgreen:

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