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shaneo69
04-13-2005, 11:31 AM
Hawthorne, Clinkscale busted
4/13/05
Jason Wilde Wisconsin State Journal


Anttaj Hawthorne could slip to the second day of this month's NFL draft after reportedly testing positive for marijuana, along with fellow ex-UW lineman Jonathan Clinkscale.

University of Wisconsin NFL prospects Anttaj Hawthorne and Jonathan Clinkscale tested positive for marijuana at the NFL scouting combine in February, Pro Football Weekly reported Tuesday on its Web site.

NFL drug testing results are highly confidential, but Pro Football Weekly reported the league sent out letters to all 32 teams last week informing them of four players -- Hawthorne, Clinkscale, Clemson defensive tackle Eric Coleman and Bowie State safety Atcheson Conway -- who failed drug tests in Indianapolis during the combine.

But while Coleman was expected to be a late-round pick at best and Conway was unlikely to be drafted, the positive tests could be a major setback to Hawthorne, a defensive tackle projected as a second- or third-round pick, and Clinkscale, an offensive lineman expected to be a mid- to late-round pick.

A message left for Hawthorne on his cell phone was not returned Tuesday night. Clinkscale could not be reached for comment.

By testing positive, Hawthorne and Clinkscale will be placed in stage 1 of the NFL substance abuse program, then would likely advance to stage 2, where they will be subject to as many as 10 urine tests per month for up to two years.

In stage 2, another positive test or other violation would result in a four-game suspension without pay. A player in stage 3 is suspended for a minimum of one year if he violates the policy again.

Hawthorne, who a year ago was pegged as a potential top-10 overall pick, could now fall to Day 2 of the seven-round draft. The first three rounds will be held April 23, the last four rounds April 24.

Hawthorne's stock had already fallen because some scouts felt he was lazy at times and took too many plays off during his senior year at Wisconsin. Hawthorne had more tackles (75) and tackles for loss (20) as a junior than he did as a senior (39, 10).

"Hawthorne is a little too inconsistent for me," one college scouting director said at the combine. "There's times there where he shines, but there are other times when he disappears."

In some ways, NFL teams view the drug tests at the combine as a sort of intelligence test, as all prospects know beforehand they will be tested. This year, 333 players attended the combine, but only the four tested positive.

How much a positive test affects a player's draft position is debatable, however.

For example, in 1995, Miami (Fla.) defensive tackle Warren Sapp was expected to be drafted in the top three picks but fell to Tampa Bay at No. 12 because of a positive marijuana test.

In 1999, the Green Bay Packers selected Kentucky State defensive tackle Cletidus Hunt in the third round after he tested positive for marijuana at the combine. In 2001, Hunt was suspended for the season's first four games for violating the substance abuse policy.

Contact Jason Wilde at jwilde@madison.com or 252-6176.

BigChiefFan
04-13-2005, 11:36 AM
Glad to hear it. I don't want Jones as a Chief, but hopefully somebody picking before us likes him and pulls the trigger.

PhogPhanTim
04-13-2005, 01:43 PM
Good for Pac-Man, I still think he is the best corner available.

BigChiefFan
04-13-2005, 01:44 PM
Good for Pac-Man, I still think he is the best corner available.He's a go-getter, but his size is a concern for bump n run, IMO.

eazyb81
04-13-2005, 01:45 PM
fairly old news