Missouri DR Shane Ray, a projected Top 10 Thursday, was cited for possession of marijuana and a traffic violation early Monday in Missouri.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 28, 2015
UPDATE: Reports now released regarding Ray failing a drug test early in his college career. Most overlooked the failed test after meeting one-on-one with the prospect.
Also, according to info from 5 NFL teams, Shane Ray failed a drug test early on in his career at Missouri. That comes back to haunt him now.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) April 28, 2015
Clubs were willing to overlook Ray's failed drug test after getting to know him the last couple months. This AM's incident changes things.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) April 28, 2015
On the same day cornerback P.J. Williams was not to be charged for his DUI from over a month ago, another NFL prospect has found himself in hot water. As reported by ESPN's Adam Schefter, Shane Ray, considered by many to be a top 10 draft pick in the upcoming 2015 NFL Draft, was cited for marijuana possession and a traffic violation early Monday in Missouri.
Ray has had a rough offseason leading up to the draft after an injury hindered him from fully performing at the NFL Scouting Combine. After heavy criticism regarding his ability to duplicate the success he saw in college to the NFL level, the news of Ray's off field incident certainly won't sit well with NFL front offices.
The news could have Ray slip on teams' draft boards, and if that happens one has to wonder if he might be available for the Pittsburgh Steelers at the No. 22 pick in the draft. As always, these reports beg the often discussed topic of talent vs. character. On a day when Kevin Colbert and Mike Tomlin met with media and talked about the importance of character, Ray being cited for possession of an illegal substance certainly can't sit well within the Steelers' organization.