According to a report, the Philadelphia Eagles could still be in the running to select Alabama linebacker Rueben Foster in the draft.
According to Eliot Shorr-Parks of NJ.com, a member of the Eagles organization was recently sent to meet with Foster. The Eagles also brought Foster in for a pre-draft visit last month.
Foster is one of the top defensive players available in this year’s draft. In three years at Alabama, the 2016 Butkus Award winner registered 211 tackles, 23 tackles for loss and seven sacks.
Unfortunately, Foster’s character appears to be a concern. Last week, Foster admitted to having a diluted urine sample at the NFL Scouting Combine. Foster told NFL insider Ian Rapoport that the sample was diluted due to food poisoning.
"I couldn’t eat much, but I had to drink water and Gatorade. Then a few coaches said something about me being too light. And I’m a coach-pleaser. I don’t care what everybody thinks, but I care what coaches think. So I drank and ate as much as I could without throwing up. Then I went in there, drinking and drinking water, trying to flush out my system from whatever was making me sick and trying to keep my weight up and took the test."
This isn’t the only incident Foster has been involved in as of late. Foster was sent home early from the combine after a heated exchange between himself and a hospital worker. He was also present during a triple homicide that occurred in Auburn last April, although he was not involved in the incident.
There’s no debate about Foster as a football player, but his off-the-field issues are troubling. Foster makes a ton of sense for the Eagles from a football standpoint, but it remains to be seen whether the team is completely willing to take a chance on his concerning reputation.