Reuben Foster has been making headlines for all the wrong reasons.
After being sent home from the NFL Combine early following a non-physical altercation, his drug test sample came back diluted. The NFL treats diluted samples the same as a positive test.
With all of these “character flaws” ahead of selection Thursday, Foster will still likely be taken in the first round.
According to Greg Cosell of Yahoo! Sports, off the field issues aside, Foster is undoubtedly a top five talent in this years draft.
I won’t guess how teams will view the off-field news about Foster, but I can tell you that Foster is a top-five prospect and without question one of the elite players in this draft.
Foster might see a precipitous drop, and is one of the many question marks ahead of the annual event. This year in particular, there appear to be a number of players who could go anywhere from the top five, to slipping deep in first round, possibly the second. Foster falls into that category.
In the NFL, talent is king.
While Foster’s indiscretions don’t bode well, none of them would create a political or social uproar if he were selected by any given team. His situation differs from say, Joe Mixon, in that regard.
Foster is supremely talented, and will likely start for someone in week 1 of the 2017 football season. If he can convince a team that all of his incidents this offseason have been isolated events, he provides surplus value at a bargain price.