Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 7/4/13
Bengals owner Mike Brown conveniently revealed this week that he “avoided” Aaron Hernandez during the 2010 NFL draft, even taking the talented tight end off his draft board entirely. As it turns out, Hernandez wasn’t the only one. Much like with Hernandez, Brown took some issues with Hall of Fame inductee Cris Carter. The Bengals’ outspoken owner decided that the college standout at Ohio State was too much of a character concern for the Bengals during the NFL’s 1987 supplemental draft, Carter revealed during an episode of NFL Live on ESPN on Wednesday. “Coming out of college from Ohio State, I was a first-team All-American,” Carter said. “Mike Brown, I’ve talked to him in the last several years. He took me off their list, too. He said he regretted it because I was a local talent and he wished they hadn’t, but he told me, ‘Cris, I took you off our board based on the information we had.’” Carter was one of the best players in college football at the time, but, similar to Hernandez, he was known to have some trouble with drugs. He was also ruled ineligible for his senior season with the Buckeyes after secretly signing with an agent during the summer before the 1987 season. That forced him to declare for the supplemental draft, where the Eagles selected him with a fourth-round pick. Carter had success in Philly, but his drug problem ended up running him out of town after just a three seasons. Eventually, he was able to clean up his act and became one of the best wide receivers in NFL history during 12 seasons with the Minnesota Vikings. Brown might have been right about Hernandez, but he has to be kicking himself for overlooking Carter. Have a question for Luke Hughes? Send it to him via Twitter at @LukeFHughes or send it here. Photo via Facebook/Cris Carter
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