Go back to the start of the 2017 NFL Draft season and imagine the ideal prospect landing with the Washington Redskins in round one. Alabama inside linebacker Reuben Foster comes to mind. Whether the talented thumper would fall outside the top 10, let alone slide to 17 was the issue. Several weeks later, enough issues have popped up that some teams reportedly have taken Foster off their board for Day 1.
That's what Tony Pauline from DraftAnalyst.com told Breaking Burgundy's Ben Standig on the "Locked on Redskins" podcast.
"I spoke with two teams to kind of match up the players they had in common in the first round," the longtime NFL Draft analyst said. "Neither of them had Reuben Foster in the first round."
News broke that Thursday that Foster failed a drug test during the NFL Combine last month. In regards to the failed drug test, Pauline said, "In speaking with those teams, that was just the icing on the cake."
Odd behavior at the actual combine involving Foster, specifically an altercation with medical personal, made headlines and seemingly began the slow drip of negative news regarding the ALl-American.
"The off-the-field issues, bad behavior - not specifically at the combine - but
Washington signed free agent Zach Brown to a one-year deal. The Pro Bowler should help bolster a unit in need of a playmaker, but he's not necessarily a long-term play. That's why Foster and Temple's Haason Reddick, another potential ILB option, could be the play at 17. Then again, considering the Redskins could justify almost any position in the first round based on their needs and the draft board, Washington might decide Foster's potential doesn't outweigh the risk or potential help elsewhere.
The conversation with Ben Standig and Tony Pauline hit on several other prospects possibly in play at 17, including Michigan S Jabrill Peppers, Western Kentucky G Forrest
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