A rumor may have the Dallas Cowboys thinking twice about drafting Ohio State defensive end Joey Bosa with the fourth overall pick.
Rumors are beginning to surface stating that the Dallas Cowboys and a number of other teams are concerned about drafting Ohio State defensive end Joey Bosa due to the possibility that he is prone to partying and using drugs.
If these rumors are found to be accurate, it would be a virtual certainty that the Cowboys would go in a different direction with the fourth pick in the draft.
"According to WalterFootball.com , “In speaking with sources at multiple teams, two of the players that teams suspect for…partying are defensive end Joey Bosa and running back Ezekiel Elliott.To be clear, neither player had a positive drug test for ecstasy or molly (MDMA). However, Bosa was suspended for the opening game of the 2015 season. Ohio State didn’t clarify the exact offense for the suspension, but Bosa told teams during the NFL Combine interviews that he was suspended because he refused to take a drug test. That counted as a positive and thus he was automatically slapped with the suspension.”"
Considering the recent trouble Dallas has had with players on its roster being suspended for drug use, this news obviously should give the franchise reason for concern. Most experts have Bosa, the top rated defensive end in the draft, going to Dallas at pick No. 4 because of the team’s desperate need to beef up its pass rush.
However, one of the reasons that the team is thin at defensive end is due to the suspension of 2015 draft pick Randy Gregory who will miss the first four games of 2015 after a failed marijuana test. It has been reported that should Gregory fail another drug test, he could be facing a one year suspension.
Then there was the 2014 incident in which staring corner back Orlando Scandrick was suspended four games for testing positive for using MDMA. Scandrick admitted to using the drug while on vacation in the offseason.
Of course there is also the cautionary tale of former Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel. The player that Dallas Cowboys’ owner and general manager Jerry Jones deeply coveted in the 2014 NFL Draft is now out of the league due in large part to his propensity for partying and drinking.
Fortunately, Dallas did not select Manziel instead picking guard Zack Martin who is already one of the top players at his position. But Jones later admitted that if he had not been overruled by the rest of the organization’s top officials, he would have drafted the troubled quarterback.
Again, nothing about Joey Bosa using drugs has been confirmed. Still, this raises a huge red flag.
Dallas cannot afford to miss with the No. 4 selection in the draft and if there is even the slightest hint that Joey Bosa might use drugs, the team should go in a different direction.
If the Cowboys decide that Bosa is too much of a risk, the team could take Oregon defensive lineman DeForest Buckner who is a fantastic and versatile player. Or the team could attempt to trade down in the first round to acquire another top 100 pick and draft a player of need such as California quarterback Jared Goff or UCLA linebacker Miles Jack with the team’s first pick.
This is a situation where the Cowboys’ scouts and executives must be certain that Joey Bosa is not a character risk (should he be the player the team drafts). The Dallas Cowboys simply cannot continue to count on players that are risks off the field.
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