Heading into the start of the 2012 NFL draft Thursday, former Virginia Tech cornerback Jayron Hosley had already seen his stock slide due to concerns about his size and a drop-off in production following a breakout sophomore campaign in 2010. On Monday, however, a report called Hosley’s off-field reputation into question.
NFL teams were informed this week that Hosley was one of two players who tested positive for marijuana during a drug test at February’s NFL Scouting Combine, according to Jay Glazer of Foxsports.com. The report also states that Hosley wrote a letter to NFL teams apologizing for the positive test results.
After entering this past season as a possible first-round pick after leading the country with nine interceptions, Hosley had a disappointing junior year that was marred by a hamstring injury. He finished with a career-high 59 tackles but had just three interceptions and struggled in pass coverage against bigger receivers.
Most draft analysts projected Hosley as a second- or third-round draft choice, but his stock will likely slide further with this news, especially because prospects know ahead of time they are going to be drug tested at the scouting combine. But marijuana use is not exactly a new phenomenon in college football or the NFL, so it remains to be seen just how far he will drop because of one failed test.
Hosley did not immediately return a message left on his cell phone asking for comment about the situation.