The 2016 NFL draft is here, it is time to present the 2016 All Knucklehead Team. This team consists of available prospects who all have had reported off the field and even on the field incidents that could affect their draft day stock.
Mississippi tackle Laremy Tunsil, a concensus elite prospect and top 5 overall projection, fell to the Miami Dolphins at pick No. 13 after a video of him wearing a gas mask and smoking a bong appeared on his twitter account minutes before the start of the draft. It is awful that someone would deliberately hack into his social media with the sole purpose of distributing content knowingly to injure his stock on draft night. However Tunsil did take responsibility for his actions but paid for those actions on what should have been the best night of his football life. That is what off the field incidents can do to you on draft night.
Inspired by KTCK 1310 AM The Ticket’s draft coverage hosted by Norm Hitzges, I began putting together since 2014 a starting lineup of legitimate prospects who all have had alleged incidents during their college careers. Unfortunately, the team has not been difficult to fill with even top prospects filling out key positions. The 2015 team can be found here.
The 2016 All Knucklehead Team
- Trevone Boykin, TCU – Arrested for punching an officer during a bar fight in San Antonio, TX while his team was preparing for the Alamo Bowl. As a result, he was suspended in his final college game.
- Marshaun Coprich, Illinois State – Arrested after allegedly selling 9 grams of marijuana to an undercover officer and was initially suspended indefinitely from the program. He was reinstated after taking a plea deal to complete community service.
- Shad Thornton, North Carolina State – Suspended for 2 games in 2015 for a violation of team rules. Dismissed from the team after 2 incidents allegedly involving his scooter. He was charged with assaulting a female in the summer of 2013 and missed one game as a result.
- Leonte Carroo, Rutgers – Arrested September, charged with simple assault under domestic violence. He allegedly slammed a woman onto a concrete surface. He was suspended by the team and missed 2 games. The victim declined to pursue the case.
- D’haquille Williams, Auburn – Dismissed from team at midseason after teammates and Williams agreed it was the best course of action. He reportedly had a extensive history of suspensions and failed second chances throughout his career.
- Tyler Higbee, Western Kentucky – Arrested and charged on April 10th, weeks prior to the draft, with 2nd degree assault, evading police and public intoxication.
- Graham Glasgow, Michigan – Arrested for Driving Under the Influence (DUI) in March 2014, his probation was reportedly extended for a violation of alcohol during his probation.
- Darrell Greene, San Diego State – Suspended for 6 games after positive tests for marijuana.
- Alex Lewis, Nebraska – Arrested in May 2013 for assaulting an Air Force cadet, spent 45 days in jail and 2 years probation.
- Laremy Tunsil, Ole Miss – Suspended for 7 games in 2015 for receiving improper benefits and failing to admit to NCAA investigators. Twitter video released on his verified account showing Tunsil in a gas mask smoking a bong posted minutes prior to the start of the round one.
- Noah Spence, Eastern Kentucky/Ohio State – Declared permanently ineligible from the Big 10 conference after reportedly failing multiple drug tests at Ohio State.
- Shawn Oakman, Baylor – Dismissed by former Penn State and current Houston Texans Head Coach Bill O’Brien for a variety of team infractions. Suspended for 2015 season opener for violation of team rules. Arrested and charged with sexual assault of a Baylor student on April 3rd.
- Robert Nkemdiche, Ole Miss – Arrested and charged with marijuana possession after taking a fall from a hotel room. He was suspended for the Sugar Bowl after the incident and then declared for the NFL Draft.
- Adolphus Washington, Ohio State – Arrested for soliciting prostitution in December 2015 and was suspended as a result for the Fiesta Bowl.
- Gianni Paul, Utah – Transferred from Miami to Utah as a mutual decision between Paul and the school. He admitted that the “fast life” was one of the reasons.
- Daryl Worley, West Virginia – Allegedly assaulted a woman outside a nightclub in September 2015, pled no contest and was suspended for 6 months but missed only 2 games as a result. Worley claimed it was in defense of his girlfriend.
- Rashard Robinson, LSU – Arrested in June 2015, charged with unauthorized entry in connection with a theft from the apartment of one of Robinson’s former teammates. Admitted to being selfish while at LSU and was suspended indefinitely in November 2014 and did not play at all in 2015.
- Jalen Mills, LSU – Arrested for second-degree battery of a woman in summer of 2014. Charges were reduced to a misdemeanor and was assigned a diversion program.
- KeiVarae Russell, Notre Dame – He along with 4 teammates were suspended in August 2014 by the university and missed the 2014 season due to academic dishonesty.