Okoye Admits to Marijuana Use
University of Louisville DT Amobi Okoye admitted during an NFL combine
interview that he smoked marijuana, sources close to Okoye confirmed Wednesday
The NFL's website and others also reported the story which league sources don't believe will affect Okoye's draft status and most teams apparently had already known about this situation. Because Okoye hadn't failed a drug test in any of his four seasons in college and because he's mature beyond his years, this situation shouldn't be a big issue. Expect the team that selects him to request to his agents to have language in his contract that gives them protection should Okoye flunk any drug tests. League sources point out that contract language protection is standard procedure when situations arise of this sort.
Okoye is represented by Chicago based agent Ian Greengross and Philadelphia based agent Darin Morgan. But as we pointed out earlier this year, both work for competing firms yet share representation of the 19-year old prospect.
Okoye is projected to go as high as the fourth selection which is owned by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Bengals Host Several Players
Scout.com has confirmed the Cincinnati Bengals hosted several prospects on Wednesday.
Iowa St. OT Aaron Brant, Nicholls St. OLT Jake Bender, University of Nebraska DT Barry Cryer, and Ohio St. FB Stan White were among the players the team brought into their headquarters.
Bender is scheduled to visit the Green Bay Packers on Thursday.
Ramirez Works Out
Texas Tech University G Manny Ramirez worked out in front of NFL scouts on
Wednesday. He was unable to work out at the NFL combine because he was still
recovering from knee surgery and was put through the a battery of offensive line
drills by Miami Dolphins offensive line coach Hudson Houck.
Of the teams in attendance, Miami and and Houston Texans showed the most interest in Ramirez.
Ramirez, before the surgery, was seen as a possible early second-round pick but he could drop down to the third round.
Houston is looking for an interior player to challenge veteran OLs Fred Weary and Steve McKinney and Miami has issues at both guard spots.
Late Round Back Makes a Visit
Kansas St. University RB Thomas Clayton visited the San Francisco 49ers recently and also worked out privately for the Green Bay Packers.
Clayton was a late addition to Senior Bowl week and impressed scouts with his speed and ability to get to the second level on his runs but he dropped several passes in his day of practice.
The powerfully built Florida St. University transfer should go off the board in rounds 6-7.
San Francisco is looking to find a solid backup for starting RB Frank Gore and Green Bay still is trying to find out for sure who will occupy the first three spots on their depth chart at the position.