Danny O'Neil covers the Seahawks for The Seattle Times.
April 2, 2009 3:19 PM
Posted by Danny O'Neil
Boston College defensive tackle B.J. Raji tested positive for an undisclosed drug at the league's scouting combine in February, according to this report on CNNSI.com.
Raji has been considered the top defensive lineman available in the draft, but CNNSI.com said NFL teams had been informed Raji previously tested positive for marijuana before the 2008 season began.
Raji did not play for Boston College in 2007 because of academic issues. The question of off-the-field character has been a cornerstone of Tim Ruskell's draft approach, however, it's worth remembering that one of the best choices Ruskell ever made was taking Warren Sapp with the 12th overall pick in 1995. Sapp's stock had slipped after it was disclosed he tested positive for marijuana while in college.
Ruskell decided that knowing Sapp's passion for the game and his level of effort on the field were more important indicators as to how Sapp would perform for the team and he ended up becoming one of the dominant defensive linemen in football.