Report: UGA’s Justin Houston tested positive for marijuana

Justin Houston at the combine. (AP photo)

Justin Houston at the combine. (AP photo)

Citing NFL sources, FoxSports is reporting that Georgia linebacker Justin Houston tested positive for marijuana at the combine in February. Given that the draft is two days away, such news could have broken at no worse time — for Houston, if not for the teams that might have been interested in him.

Such news could also have an impact on the local NFL team’s first choice. It’s widely believed the Falcons are in need of a defensive end, and there’s thought that Houston could be as effective as a down lineman in a 4-3 as at outside linebacker in a 3-4. (Houston played in both spots under both alignments at Georgia.) But the Falcons under Dimitroff have made it a practice to minimize draft risks.

Drafting Justin Houston just got riskier. I can’t see the Falcons picking him now, at least not in Round 1, and I’d be surprised if he’s taken by any team before Round 2. Which would be a shame. He’s a big-time talent with a huge upside. (Sorry to lapse into draftspeak.) All NFL teams cast a critical eye on the draft — this is, after all, their business — and at the moment every franchise has to look at Houston and wonder: “How many guys put themselves in position to flunk their audition?”

This doesn’t mean Houston won’t get drafted somewhere by somebody. This doesn’t mean he can’t become a productive professional for the next 10 days. But it does mean he’s not going to make the money as a rookie he could have.

By Mark Bradley

368 comments Add your comment

Barkin'Dog

April 26th, 2011
3:37 pm

Poor boy… literally… when it comes to money in the NFL drafts

To Hell With GA

April 26th, 2011
3:38 pm

Smoke it up

April 26th, 2011
3:38 pm

A little weed–no big deal. NFL owners just care about winning baby, not taking some harmless drug.

Jim Mora Jr

April 26th, 2011
3:38 pm

Jim Mora Jr

April 26th, 2011
3:39 pm

Er, umm…fourth…

brasco

April 26th, 2011
3:39 pm

Go figure

April 26th, 2011
3:39 pm

What an idiot to do that right before draft

Florida Guy

April 26th, 2011
3:40 pm

Stupid is as stupid does. Millions on the table and he risks it all for a few hits. Wow, this level of stupid is epic

Blast

April 26th, 2011
3:40 pm

Just another link in the uga chain of incompetence

uhh

April 26th, 2011
3:40 pm

Its just weed, but why have it in your system during such an important time?

IceFan

April 26th, 2011
3:41 pm

Maybe we will look past this and get him as a bargain in Round 2. This draft week is getting very interesting…..

Jim Mora Jr

April 26th, 2011
3:42 pm

Hey, first to say first has to count as something…
Or not.

Truth

April 26th, 2011
3:42 pm

so do this equal at the ruebon houston jokes by uga atleast?

Barkin'Dog

April 26th, 2011
3:42 pm

His draft status will be affected – and to think the Falcons have him picked in some mock drafts I’ve seen. Hope this works out for the young man… truly.

ATLSports

April 26th, 2011
3:43 pm

Not surprising coming from Georgia where discipline is not a high priority.

Harry

April 26th, 2011
3:45 pm

in other headlines around the state – “A Georgia Tech student escaped injury early Monday when he was robbed while walking to his car just south of campus”
Would never send my kid to Tech

Vince

April 26th, 2011
3:45 pm

Boy sho is dumb. Loss millions to get high. Obviously cant control himself or just doesnt care.
VD

Hollywould

April 26th, 2011
3:45 pm

Good, maybe the Falcons can get him in the 2nd round.

juvenal

April 26th, 2011
3:45 pm

only one reason to fail a scheduled drug test……

zack

April 26th, 2011
3:45 pm

and yet Pete Rose is banned from baseball…………….

topdawg

April 26th, 2011
3:45 pm

This has nothing to do with UGA, just a stupid personal decision.

H

April 26th, 2011
3:46 pm

Now we know why we really stunk last year….lack of common sense.

Luke

April 26th, 2011
3:46 pm

Dudes are gonna smoke pot. Thats not the issue. My issue with this is his intelligence. He KNOWS he has to take a drug test at the combine. He KNOWS THC cant stay inside of his system for up to 30 days. This isn’t anything new. So how could you be so STUPID and let something like this happen? All he has to do is not smoke 30 days before his drug test. Boom, done. If he’s not smart enough to do that, what makes any team going to think that he’s going to be smart enough not to do it on a Thursday night before a home game on Sunday? He’s definitely going in the second round now. No doubt about it.

allen981

April 26th, 2011
3:46 pm

Harmless? Obviously you’ve been smoking too much of it.

Beyond the brain damage and cancer risks, it was harmful to Houston, likely to the tune of a few million bucks (dropping out of the first round to the second or third).

That’s definitely not ‘harmless.’

Go ’smoke it up’ some more; the world needs another addle-brained pothead with no work ethic or incentive to succeed.

Sammy Dawg

April 26th, 2011
3:46 pm

Don’t even try to compare this with the yeckster Houston. Rueben is a drug dealer, a felon! Justin is a good kid who made a stupid kid mistake.

Mr. Obvious

April 26th, 2011
3:47 pm

Well, that is just about the ONLY kind of test one of Mark Richt’s undisciplined, bonehead, future-felon recruits could pass on their own.

John

April 26th, 2011
3:48 pm

I am so tired of seeing Georgia in the news for all the wrong reasons.

juvenal

April 26th, 2011
3:49 pm

harry, it was at midnight-

Big B

April 26th, 2011
3:49 pm

Its not the weed its the bigger issue which is how stupid is this kid? If you’re not smart enough to wait until after the combine then why should anyone draft you? Also he should fire his agent for not having the strenght to cover everything with him. Sad. I really hope he makes better choices in the future.

Mr. Obvious

April 26th, 2011
3:49 pm

Mark Richt = Jim Tressel with No Bible (or Actual Coaching Talent)

Big B

April 26th, 2011
3:50 pm

Sorry i meant to say how stupid he appears to be.

Smoke Dawg

April 26th, 2011
3:50 pm

“He smoke 2 joints in the morning, he smoke 2 joints at night, he smoke 2 joints at the combine, it make him feel all right”

MakD

April 26th, 2011
3:52 pm

I really don’t see this as a big deal. He doesn’t have any past history with pot before now. Its not like he was shooting steroids. And lets be honest these guys take a lot more addictive and damaging drugs for pain and other issues by trainers and doctors throughout their careers. A little weed never killed anybody. But for him to test positive for the combine is pretty stupid on his part.

What about the others

April 26th, 2011
3:52 pm

Hey Mark, what about all the others that failed? Including a University of Florida player. Are you going to talk about them too? Of course not!

bowman

April 26th, 2011
3:52 pm

Who knew? Houston is spelled with five letters: S-T-U-P-I-D.

Hurt Kurbstreit

April 26th, 2011
3:52 pm

Wow. Really stupid on Houston’s part. That will cost him a couple of million dollars.

Heath

April 26th, 2011
3:53 pm

Why can’t he be a fine young man like Cam Newton?

bowman

April 26th, 2011
3:53 pm

Now I feel pretty stupid. Can’t count to six, and I didn’t event go to UGA.

Lisa

April 26th, 2011
3:54 pm

Harry, your kid’s probably not smart enough to get in Tech anyway.

Beast from the East

April 26th, 2011
3:54 pm

He shoulda played for my Gators. LOL!

Hot sauce

April 26th, 2011
3:54 pm

Poor judgement by the young man. Clean it up, bro.

markie mark

April 26th, 2011
3:54 pm

hey Blast….he is an adult who is entitled to be stupid….as stupid as you are acting for tying his actions to UGA…..

Me

April 26th, 2011
3:54 pm

Paging Calvin Johnson . . .

AdMan

April 26th, 2011
3:54 pm

Hey Florida guy….you know what they say about glass houses don’t you? Looks like the whole Gator team has been getting “up” for the season a little early lately….Gators love that hoochie weed don’t they?

xhuff

April 26th, 2011
3:54 pm

surprise, suprise–what a big dummy……………

juvenal

April 26th, 2011
3:55 pm

harry, it was 12am-i’m not hanging around any downtown at midnite-that kid pulled a houston…….

Heath

April 26th, 2011
3:55 pm

Stupid is spelled with S-I-X letters.

I’m not sayin’
I’m just sayin’

rally

April 26th, 2011
3:56 pm

he might just be dayz away begging UGA to take him back. That was really dumb Justin. Such a promising career….however he can redeem himself if he will but just quit smoking the herb….ROFL

Sven Ottke

April 26th, 2011
3:56 pm

WHAT? A Georgia player doing something stupid? Say it ain’t so!!! I thought they did things “the Georgia way,” like Coach Richt said?

Bling , blang and weed

April 26th, 2011
3:56 pm

This is what Richt boys home fosters.