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Report: Hawks' Ballard a positive drug test at combine

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Iowa defensive end Christian Ballard and Georgia outside linebacker Justin Houston both failed drug tests for marijuana at the NFL scouting combine, according to a FOX Sports report. 

Neither player's draft stock is expected to drop notably because of the report, but NFL teams vary significantly in how they view this type of infraction. 

However, for a player to fail a drug test at the scouting combine when they know they'll be tested is an obvious red flag. 

Strong rumors about both players having failed drug tests have been circulating in NFL scouting circles for months, but National Football Post hasn't been given any confirmation on the record about their status. 

Houston is projected as a late first-round draft pick. Ballard has been drawing second-round grades.

 Neither players' agent returned telephone calls seeking comment.

 

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