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Rueben Foster’s arrest confirms Cardinals’ decision not to draft him

Cards Wire logo Cards Wire 2/12/2018 Jess Root
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The Arizona Cardinals were in the market for a linebacker entering last year's NFL draft. They decided to take Hasson Reddick with the 13th overall pick, citing his athleticism and versatility, as well as his heart and character. Reddick didn't even play linebacker in college.

They passed on the highly touted Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster, who was the more violent and productive player. However, there began to be whispers of character issues and there were also injury concerns. He got kicked out of the combine after a run-in with a medical employee. He has had positive drug tests.

He ultimately fell all the way to the bottom of the first round, where the San Francisco 49ers selected him.

When he played, he was a force. However, every concern about him has continued to be a concern. He played in only 10 games. He was good in those 10 games, but he still missed six because of injuries.

Now he has been arrested on domestic violence and weapons charges.

Reddick carries none of this baggage. While he had his struggles in his rookie season, mostly dealing with being moved from one position to another, there is nothing but upside and absolutely no concern about his character.

Teams often regret passing on what appears to be a more talented player because of some concerns. This is not one of these instances. The Cardinals made the right call passing on Foster.

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