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Source: Defensive tackle Raji tested positive at NFL Combine

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Boston College defensive tackle B.J. Raji fails drug test in Indianapolis

Scouts unsure whether teams will delay picking him in NFL draft

Recent projections had Raji getting selected in top third of first round

By Tony Pauline, Special to SI.com, TFYDraft.com

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B.J. Raji ran the 40 in the 5.1 range at the NFL Scouting Combine in February.

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Defensive tackle B.J. Raji, whose draft stock has soared over the past six months, had a positive drug test at February's combine, NFL team sources have told SI.com. It's unknown to SI.com which drug triggered the positive result, but NFL scouts were made aware before the 2008 season that Raji had tested positive for marijuana during his time at Boston College.

NFL teams will receive the official list of those who tested positive in Indianapolis later this month, and Raji's name will be on it, according to a source who attended last week's owners meetings in California.

Brian Murphy, Chief Operating Officer of Athletes First, which represents Raji, told SI.com: "We will not comment on rumors from unnamed sources. I do know that B.J. has been one of the hardest workers and nicest individuals that we at Athletes First represent. There is no doubt that he will be an invaluable addition to an NFL team both on the field as a player and in the community as a role model."

Raji declined comment when reached by SI.com.

According to the NFL's drug policy, a positive test for street drugs, which includes marijuana, puts a player into the initial stage of the NFL's drug program. He's then subject to random testing and subject to a fine or suspension if he tests positive again.

How this affects Raji's draft grade remains to be seen. He missed the 2007 college season with academic issues, returned to Boston College and had a terrific senior campaign, recording eight sacks and 42 tackles, with 16 tackles for loss. He was a dominant force during the week of practice at the Senior Bowl and continued his momentum up draft boards after turning in good combine and pro-day workouts. His performances the past three months have some scouts believing he'll be taken within the first six picks of the April 25 draft.

One source familiar with the positive drug test assessed Raji's draft prospects by saying, "It's a roll of the dice. If Raji stays clean and plays to his potential, you could have a dominant defensive lineman on your team. Then again, it does nobody any good if the kid is on the sidelines serving a suspension for a failed test."

Prior to the 1995 draft, top-rated defensive tackle Warren Sapp saw his stock slip after reports surfaced of positive drug tests during his time at the University of Miami. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers eventually selected Sapp with the No. 12 overall pick. Sapp went on to play 13 seasons in the NFL, earning seven trips to the Pro Bowl.

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Big time player. No he will not fall to Atlanta. 2005, Luis Castillo test positive for steroids and still goes #28 overall. Raji is a much better player. Raji may see his stock take a slide, but he is still a top 20 pick in my opinion. I think the level of talent he has along with the lack of top players at the DT position in Raji's class will cause him to still go pretty high. His contract may have some strong language in it to protect the team that drafts him with regards to failed drug tests in the future.

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Who cares if he smokes a little pot? As long as he doesn't do it on gameday, why should anyone care? What he does in his spare time is his business, it shouldn't affect his drat position IMO. And to answer your question, yes we should take him if he falls to us, but I doubt he will fall that far.

I wouldn't care except for the fact that the NFL cares. I wouldn't care except that it could mean having him play on gameday or being suspended. That's the only reason I would care. I doubt he falls to 24 too but we agree that if he does, TAKE HIM!!!!!

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no way the guy falls to #24 and you cannot "trade up" for a guy that has any off-field issues - and a positive drug test qualifies for off-field issues......

If he falls, sure I would look at taking him if you think Raji is not a habitual offender and has satisfactory character but made an isolated mistake.....

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Big time player. No he will not fall to Atlanta. 2005, Luis Castillo test positive for steroids and still goes #28 overall. Raji is a much better player. Raji may see his stock take a slide, but he is still a top 20 pick in my opinion. I think the level of talent he has along with the lack of top players at the DT position in Raji's class will cause him to still go pretty high. His contract may have some strong language in it to protect the team that drafts him with regards to failed drug tests in the future.

Couple of differences. Castillo had taken it while rehabbing an injury. He immediately owned up to it, said it was a mistake & took full responsibility for making that mistake by sending out a letter to all 32 teams. We'll see how the Raji camp handles it.

But GMs & front offices look at it from this view point; all players know well in advance that there is drug testing at the combine. So any player busted for recreational drug use at the combine is either....

a. Really stupid, and that's going to hurt the draft stock as well as the positive test.

or

b. Has a serious problem, which is going to substantially hurt his draft stock in addition to the positive test.

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Who cares if he smokes a little pot? As long as he doesn't do it on gameday, why should anyone care? What he does in his spare time is his business, it shouldn't affect his drat position IMO. And to answer your question, yes we should take him if he falls to us, but I doubt he will fall that far.

Smoking weed leads to dog fight hosting, duh.

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Who cares if he smokes a little pot? As long as he doesn't do it on gameday, why should anyone care? What he does in his spare time is his business, it shouldn't affect his drat position IMO. And to answer your question, yes we should take him if he falls to us, but I doubt he will fall that far.

Well for one thing it is illegal for another it shows a significant character flaw. How long does it take for you to test clean like 72 hours? So all he had to do was not smoke pot for 3 days. His failure to do so shows a lack of self control.

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Smoking weed leads to dog fight hosting, duh.

It shows bad off the field decision making which in one case at least led to going to prison for dog fighting. So you are not completely wrong... who knows what kind of trouble this kid might get into.

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