The Boston Globe is reporting that Patriots' 2010 fourth-round draft pick tight end Aaron Hernandez failed multiple drugs tests as a student-athlete at the University of Florida.
NFL sources tell the Globe that his history of marijuana use deterred many NFL teams at this year's draft, and is likely the reason why New England was able to nab him in the fourth round.
The former Gator admitted to teams at the NFL Combine that he did have a history of marijuana use in the past, but went on to pass the mandatory drug test in Indianapolis in February.
"It?s not like he failed one test," said an AFC college scout. "He had repeated issues with it, to the point where you worry about whether he?ll be able to lay off the stuff at our level. To be honest, he?s super talented and, even with the issues, I?m surprised he fell as far he did. Depending on who you talk to, some people thought he was a late first- or early second-round prospect. Eventually, the risk was overcome by the value."
The Bristol, Conn. native finished his collegiate career with 111 receptions for 1,382 yards and 12 touchdowns in just three seasons. In 2009 as a junior, he caught 68 passes for 850 yards and five TDs.