Found June 19, 2013 on NFL Draft Zone:

Aaron Hernandez fell to the fourth round of the 2010 draft in part because of marijuana use while with the Gators, something he admitted to NFL teams at the scouting combine when he was a draft prospect, according to several NFL sources. Personnel sources from multiple NFL teams told Sports Illustrated that they had off-field concerns about Hernandez. In particular, the questions pertained to alleged gang activity of some of Hernandez’s associates in his native Bristol, Conn. A law enforcement official familiar with Hernandez reiterated concerns about his circle of influence. Combined, the marijuana use and gang concerns worried some NFL teams immensely. “There were a lot of teams that had him off the board,” said an NFL personnel executive. But with the Patriots, Hernandez has been little problem for the team. Teammates described him as enthusiastic with some minor maturity issues, but not to the point of being a problem. At times the team had a tough time corralling him as far as staying focused on the field, but nothing beyond that. “He really is a great kid at heart,” said one former teammate. “He was a great teammate, just loves football. Won’t find many guys who practiced harder.” Independently, both a former and current New England teammate said that they believed Hernandez was having some trouble with his past associates and was seeking distance from them. Bristol, Conn. is just a two hour drive to Hernandez’s home. “It was a thug life,” is how one teammate described some of Hernandez’s friends. Hernandez was the youngest player in the NFL, 20, at the start of his rookie season. He’s still just 23. Hernandez’s older brother, D.J., has been well respected in his career as a college assistant coach at Brown, the University of Miami, and now the University of Iowa. Both brothers had to endure the loss of their father, Dennis, in 2006 at the age of 49 due to complications from hernia surgery. D.J. was 19, Aaron 16 at the time. The death of Hernandez’s father was one of the reasons why Hernandez decommitted from UConn and chose to play for coach Urban Meyer and the Gators. This brings up my next question, every year players come out in the NFL Draft that have a checkered past, but could this issue push them over the edge?  Hernandez has been said to be avoiding Police questions and non cooperative.  Not only that, he is now one of the main suspects.  Do you think NFL teams will see this case of Hernandez and ultimately make a decision to pass on a player, or not give him a second chance? Two years ago, Vontaze Burfict fell out the NFL Draft because of character concerns, and this year Da’Rick Rogers fell out as well.  Could this affect someone like Tyrann Mathieu getting selected again?  I think NFL scouts will be more skeptic about players from this point forward. Next year could be majorly affected by character concerns……Johnny Manziel better shape up if he thinks of coming out next year.

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