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Reuben Foster | Linebacker

Team: Alabama Crimson Tide
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 240

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49ers selected Alabama ILB Reuben Foster with the No. 31 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.
The 49ers were said to be considering Foster as high as No. 2 overall, and he was expected to be a top-of-the-round pick but medical and off-field concerns put Foster in a draft-night slide. Foster (6’0/229) earned the 2016 Butkus Award as college football’s top linebacker, wrapping his four-year career with 24 tackles for loss and eight sacks across 24 starts. He never forced a single turnover at Alabama, but did lead the nation in PFF College’s run-stop percentage last year and showed an ability to cover tight ends and tailbacks on tape. A vicious hitter with missile-like range, Foster offers All-Pro potential if he can stay healthy and keep his head on straight. He has dealt with numerous stingers/concussions, is currently rehabbing a torn rotator cuff, and got kicked out of the Combine for arguing with a hospital worker after failing a drug test. He also managed a 9 on the Wonderlic. While his ceiling is high, Foster also has a low NFL floor. Apr 27 - 11:41 PM

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NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah says a number of teams are targeting Alabama LB Reuben Foster around pick No. 11.

This is important, as some think Foster might drop out of round one. Jeremiah mocks him to the Saints at No. 11. Rotoworld's Josh Norris has said the 49ers and Packers have shown strong interest, and San Francisco might move up to the end of round one from their early second round pick. Many coaches and evaluators believe Foster is a top two talent in this class.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 27 - 11:13 AM

Greg Cosell compares Alabama LB Reuben Foster to former San Francisco 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis.

Foster is facing character questions after his incident at the NFL Combine and his failed drug test for a diluted sample, but Cosell loves what he sees on tape. "I won’t guess how teams will view the off-field news about Foster, but I can tell you that Foster is a top-five prospect and without question one of the elite players in this draft," he wrote. Not only does Cosell see Willis in Foster's game, he believes that Foster is a "more naturally athletic mover than Willis." We don't buy talk that Foster could slip into Rd. 2. On Monday, Rotoworld's Josh Norris reported that Foster was given a guarantee by a team in the 20s that they'll take him if he slips.
Source: Yahoo
Apr 26 - 2:32 PM

In his final set of positional rankings before the draft, NFL Media's Bucky Brooks had Alabama LB Reuben Foster listed as his top inside linebacker.

Foster tested positive for a diluted sample at the Combine, but there has been little indication that he is in for a legitimate draft fall. Brooks' rankings reflect that fact. On Monday, Rotoworld's Josh Norris reported that the 6-foot-1, 240-pounder has been guaranteed a slot by a team in the 20's should he happen to slip. NFL Network's Mike Mayock has gone on the record as believing that Foster "still might be a top-10 pick."
Source: NFL.com
Apr 25 - 8:16 PM

Alabama LB Reuben Foster was slotted to the Saints at No. 11 in Peter King's latest mock draft.

Why is this important? Because many in the media pegged Foster outside of round one after his diluted sample from the Combine was announced. Josh Norris has been firm in reporting first round interest remained from a number of teams. If we can try to connect dots, King spoke at length to Sean Payton just a few weeks ago for an MMQB story. The dialogue is likely open there.
Source: The MMQB
Apr 25 - 10:49 AM

Rotoworld's Josh Norris passed along word that an NFL team in the 20s guaranteed Alabama LB Reuben Foster a selection if he is on the board.

Since last week of a diluted drug sample, many analysts have said Foster will drop to the second round. Norris doesn't believe it, noting a team in the top 10 and two others in the top 20 have significant interest. Multiple coaches feel Foster is a top two talent in this class.
Source: Rotoworld
Apr 24 - 10:58 AM

While speaking on a conference call on Friday, NFL Network's Mike Mayock said that Alabama LB Reuben Foster "still might be a top-10 pick."

Draft pundits near and far are in scramble mode as they try to assess how news of Foster's failed Combine drug test on a diluted sample might affect his stock. Said Mayock, "I don't see him sliding all that far. I think he's a top-20 pick all day long in any draft. Could he have been a top-10 pick? He still might be a top-10 pick." Mayock also offered a little insight on Foster's boot from the Combine for his confrontation with a hospital worker, calling it "way overdone" and saying that "I think the [C]ombine incident has been wiped clean by almost every team." Mayock refers to the 6-foot-1, 240-pounder as "a top-20 pick all day long," but not all pundits are so convinced that Foster is still in play for the top-10 -- or even the first round. The Ringer's Michael Lombardi tweeted earlier on Friday that he believes that Foster will be on the board come the start of the second round.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 21 - 5:46 PM

The Ringer's Michael Lombardi believes Alabama LB Reuben Foster "will be there" at the top of Round 2.

"Teams picking between 33-45 will need to make sure they are comfortable with R. Foster, cause he will be there," Lombardi tweeted on Friday. This report flies in the face of what Rotoworld's Josh Norris has been hearing. Norris reported earlier on Friday that Foster is still receiving "plenty" of Round 1 interest despite Foster's failed drug test -- due to a diluted sample -- at the NFL Combine. Foster has had one of the worst Draft processes of any prospect in this year's class.
Apr 21 - 2:58 PM

Three teams are visiting with Alabama LB Reuben Foster the weekend ahead of the NFL Draft, according to Josh Norris.

Norris says there is plenty of first round interest despite the failed drug test due to a diluted sample. Just remember Shane Ray, who was cited for marijuana possession the week of the draft and still went in round one. Foster never failed a drug test at Alabama but will be in the NFL program once entering the league. Watch out for the 49ers in a trade out, the Saints, the Ravens and the Dolphins in round one.
Apr 21 - 10:15 AM

Alabama LB Reuben Foster failed his Combine drug test due to a diluted sample.

Foster explained away the diluted sample by pleading illness, telling NFL Network's Ian Rapoport that he believed he was suffering from food poisoning in Indianapolis. "I couldn't eat much, but I had to drink water and Gatorade," he said, later adding that he "went in there, drinking and drinking water, trying to flush out my system from whatever was making me sick and trying to keep my weight up and took the test." A diluted sample is treated the same as a positive test by the NFL. Foster entered the draft process with the potential to be the first linebacker selected on Day 1 of the draft. Since then, matters have steadily devolved for the 6-foot-1, 240-pounder, who was kicked out of the Combine following a confrontation with a hospital worker and has also undergone offseason rotator cuff surgery. The general consensus has Foster's stock sliding as the draft nears. A first-round selection is still in play, here, but his trajectory is going in the wrong direction.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 20 - 4:56 PM

Citing "multiple league sources," CBS Sports reports that Alabama LB Reuben Foster's Draft stock is falling.

The reigning Butkus Award winner was in Indianapolis last week for medical rechecks after undergoing surgery on his rotator cuff in February (and getting sent home from the NFL Combine due to an argument with a hospital worker). Unfortunately, according to ESPN, some teams aren't satisfied about the state of his shoulder. It has been suggested that Foster may need a second surgery, though Foster's agent Malki Kawa said his client is "ahead of schedule" and "will be ready for training camp." Either way, an NFL.com poll published this week also found that evaluators predict Foster is most likely to slide on Draft Day. Stay tuned.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 19 - 12:48 PM

In an informal poll of five NFL executives by NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah regarding which player is most likely to slide in the draft, two named Alabama LB Reuben Foster.

"I think Foster is going to slide. Combination of some character concerns and poor interviews," one executive said. The other NFL big wig in question is of the opinion that the 6-foot, 229-pound Foster could have to wait behind two other linebackers before hearing his name called. "I was at the Florida pro day and Jarrad Davis was very impressive. I think there's a chance both Davis and [Temple's Haason] Reddick get picked ahead of Reuben Foster. He's a great player but he hasn't had a great spring." Among the demerits on his evaluating ledger, Foster was booted from the Combine after getting into a dispute with a hospital worker and is also on the recovery trail from offseason shoulder surgery. Despite these red flags, it would be surprising if he dropped out of the teens altogether. A top-10 pick is still not outside the realm of possibility, either.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 18 - 7:16 PM

Alabama LB Reuben Foster visited the New York Jets for a pre-draft visit on Monday and will visit the Baltimore Ravens for a pre-draft visit early next week.

Foster has already visited the Jacksonville Jaguars, Kansas City Chiefs, Philadelphia Eagles, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, New Orleans Saints and Arizona Cardinals. The Jets pick No. 6 overall while the Ravens own the No. 16 selection. The five most recent NFL.com mock drafts project Foster to go between No. 9 and No. 15 overall. The 6-foot, 229-pound Foster led the Crimson Tide with 115 tackles, 13 TFL and five sacks last season. We've heard conflicting reports regarding the recent medical recheck of Foster's surgically repaired shoulder. Don't be surprised if he requires an additional surgery.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 18 - 2:12 PM

Conflicting reports emerged Monday on Alabama LB Reuben Foster's medical re-checks of his surgically repaired shoulder.

Shane Alexander notes that ESPN's NFL Insiders mentioned every team was not happy with Foster's repaired shoulder and it might lead to another surgery, which is a similar situation to Shaq Lawson last year. Foster's agent Malki Kawa disputed the claim, stating Foster is ahead of schedule. The person who conducted Foster's surgery is a team doctor, so they certainly would have the correct information to share with teams.
Apr 18 - 8:46 AM

Alabama LB Reuben Foster visited the Detroit Lions on Friday.

Sitting at pick No. 21, it is fair enough to question whether Foster will even be around when the Lions draft (assuming they do not trade up). The 6-foot-1, 240-pound Foster could potentially be the first linebacker swept into the arms of Roger Goodell during Day 1 festivities in Philly later this month. Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline pegs him to the Cardinals at No. 13 in his latest four-round mock. Foster has had his issues during the evaluating process -- he was kicked out of the Combine after confronting a hospital worker and has additionally undergone offseason shoulder surgery -- but there are no outward indications that he could be for any sort of a major stock drop when the big day arrives.
Apr 15 - 3:45 PM