According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, standout Alabama linebacker and projected first-round pick Reuben Foster did not pass the drug test at the combine. He didn’t technically fail, but he turned in a diluted sample. Since this can be done to disguise a positive test, the NFL views a diluted sample as the same thing.
Rapoport says that Foster has been telling people intentionally, including teams that may be interested in him. When asked about it, Foster said:
“This is something that’s going to get out. I don’t make excuses. I’m a real dude. I try to be a good person…I just hope the coaches understand and that’s all I can hope and pray for.”
He was also asked why it was diluted, and he said he was sick, perhaps with food poisoning. He claims he was offered IVs, turned them down, and tried to hydrate by drinking as much as possible. He said:
“I couldn’t eat much, but I had to drink water and Gatorade. Then a few coaches said something about me being too light. And I’m a coach-pleaser. I don’t care what everybody thinks, but I care what coaches think. So I drank and ate as much as I could without throwing up. Then I went in there, drinking and drinking water, trying to flush out my system from whatever was making me sick and trying to keep my weight up and took the test.”
He seems convinced it won’t be a problem going forward. He said:
“Put me in the [drug] program. Test me.”
Whether or not NFL teams believe him could have a fairly large impact on his draft position.