NFL Draft prospects with character flaws
Jeremy Hill, RB, LSU
Coming out of high school, Hill was a Parade All-American and one of the nation's top running back prospects. But the red flags started during his senior year of high school when he plead guilty to carnal knowledge of a juvenile, which caused him to sit out the 2011 season. In April 2013 he was charged with misdemeanor battery charge after a video showed him punching a man, and subsequently violating his probation. The courts extended his probation by two years, and LSU suspended him for the 2013 opener.
Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
The acclaimed “Michigan Man” was part of a rape investigation with another Michigan player in 2009. He was formerly warned by police for threatening to "rape the accuser (himself) if she pressed charges." No charges were filed. On Nov. 30, 2013, Lewan was interviewed by police after a fan claimed the left tackle assaulted him. The incident is still pending.
Seantrel Henderson, OT, Miami
Henderson was the first lineman to win the USA Today’s High School Offensive Player of the Year as a senior. He originally signed with USC, but switched to Miami (FL) after USC received its scholarship sanctions. He was suspended on three separate occasions during his collegiate career for violating team rules. At the Senior Bowl, Henderson reportedly told NFL teams that the suspensions stemmed from failed drug tests for marijuana.
Colt Lyerla, TE, Oregon
The issues with the former five-star high school prospect started in high school when he was suspended on four different occasions during his senior year for missing practices. In March 2013, he tweeted “insensitive and offensive” statements on the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings. He was suspended for the third game of his junior season for violating team rules. On Oct. 6 he quit the Oregon football team. Seventeen days later he was arrested, and plead guilty, for cocaine possession.
Isaiah Crowell, RB, Alabama St.
The former SEC Freshman of the Year was suspended during his freshman year for failing a UGA-administered drug test. In June 2012, Crowell was detained for three weapons charges that included possession of a weapon in a school safety zone and possession of a firearm with an altered identification. He was dismissed from Georgia the day he was charged and transferred to Alabama State a week later.
Carlos Hyde, RB, Ohio State
The powerful 6-foot, 242-pound running back was suspended for the team’s first three games entering his senior season after being named as a person of interest in an assault case against a female in a Columbus, Ohio nightclub. He wasn’t charged, and after being reinstated, Hyde won the Big Ten Running Back of the Year award.
Prince Shembo, LB, Notre Dame
The Notre Dame linebacker finished his career with 19.5 sacks -- starting each of his team’s last 26 games. In high school, Shembo allegedly threw a desk at a teacher after having his cell phone taken away. He has recently admitted to being the player of interest in a Sept. 2010 sexual battery accusation by a student at local St. Mary’s College. No files were charged, but the student received threatening texts about “messing with Notre Dame football.” Nine days later the student committed suicide.
Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State
The former All-Big Ten cornerback was suspended for the opening game of the 2013 season after being detained for misdemeanor battery. He spent the night in county jail because of the incident. Roby reportedly attempted to start a fight in a bar. When he was escorted out he “struck one of the security guards in the chest,” according to the police report. The charge was later lowered to disorderly conduct.
Demarcus Lawrence, OLB/DE, Boise St.
The standout pass-rusher was suspended three times in his two seasons at Boise State for violation of team rules. At the end of his sophomore season, Lawrence traveled with the team for the MAACO Bowl, but was sent home two days before the game for team violations.
Zach Mettenberger, QB, LSU
The strong-armed quarterback started his collegiate career at the University of Georgia. In March of 2010, Mettenberger was charged with underage consumption and possession of alcohol, possessing fake identification and disorderly conduct-obstruction. He also plead guilty to two counts of misdemeanor sexual battery. He was thrown off of the Georgia team after he reportedly lied to head coach Mark Richt about what had happened. He then transferred to Butler County CC, before finishing his career at LSU.