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EXCLUSIVE: Draft Analyst Tony Pauline Says Teams Taking ILB On Reuben Foster Off Round 1 Draft Board

The Redskins could use an ILB like Rueben Foster, but the constant flow of negative news has some teams dropping the tackling monster outside round 1. More from Tony Pauline on the Locked on Redskins podcast with Ben Standig.

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 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 there's other instances... concussion issues, the way he plays -- that has factored into it," Pauline said. "The more I talk to teams, the more it seems that he may be there for the Redskins at 17, but the Redskins may pass him up because there's just a lot of red flags on him."

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 Lamp and Michigan State defensive lineman Malik McDowell. Plus thoughts from Pauline on Su'a Cravens shifting to safety and what he's heard on the Kirk Cousins trade front.

"I've talked to people about trades" Pauline said. "It looks like (cornerback) Malcolm Butler with New England will be traded. (Patriots quarterback( Jimmy Garoppolo won't be traded. ABout 50-50 with (Seahawks CB) Richard Sherman. I've heard absolutely nothing about Kirk Cousins being moved."

Ben Standig is the Publisher of Breaking Burgundy and the Huddle Report's 2012 NFL Mock Draft champion. You can find him on Twitter @benstandigFacebook and on Google+.

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