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Winston Justice, OT, USC (First)

Justice was arrested and sentenced to probation after pleading no contest to a misdemeanor count of solicitation of prostitution in July of 2003. Unfortunately, his problems with the law didn't end there. He was also charged with three misdemeanor counts of exhibiting a replica firearm in March of 2004. The court sentenced him to 60 days of electronic monitoring as well as three years probation, and the school's Student Affairs Department suspended him for two semesters as a result.


Ernie Sims, OLB, Florida State (First)

An incident in June 2005 involving his girlfriend has raised some concerns about Sims' character. Police arrested him for domestic battery and resisting arrest without violence that day. He pleaded no contest to the reduced charge of disorderly conduct in August.


Jimmy Williams, DC, Virginia Tech (First)

There's no questioning Williams' upside. He is fast, strong and versatile enough to line up at safety in certain situations. The problem is he might never realize that awesome potential because he doesn't give his best effort on every snap. He is an arrogant player who relies on natural ability far too much.


Santonio Holmes, WR, Ohio State (First)

Holmes has avoided off-the-field problems, but his ego and faith in his natural ability have hindered his progress and raised concerns about his willingness to listen to coaching.


LenDale White, RB, USC (First)

There have always been questions about White's dedication to training and his ability to keep his weight down. A poor performance at the combine has only intensified those concerns.


Leonard Pope, TE, Georgia (First/Second)

Georgia suspended Pope for the Louisiana-Monroe game for violating team rules. There are also questions about his work ethic and willingness to get better.


Max Jean-Gillies, OG, Georgia (Second)

Jean-Giles has had problems keeping his weight down and there are questions about his dedication to training. There are also concerns he won't work hard once he signs a lucrative contract.


Claude Wroten, DT, LSU (Second)

Wroten's draft stock took a hit when he was pulled over for speeding and the police found marijuana in the car. While a felony charge of marijuana possession with the intent to distribute eventually was dismissed, he was not allowed to play in the Senior Bowl and teams will still have questions concerning the incident.


Brandon Marshall, WR, Central Florida (Third)

In 2004, the police arrested Marshall for trespassing and resisting arrest following an incident at a Denny's restaurant. Central Florida suspended him for a game as a result. In addition, Marshall's arrogance and penchant for taking plays off has hindered his progress.


Dusty Dvoracek, DT, Oklahoma (Third)

While he has since undergone counseling and hasn't been involved in any off-the-field problems, Dvoracek was involved in several alcohol-related incidents during his first four seasons at Oklahoma. In fact, Oklahoma dismissed him from the team after he started the first two games of the 2004 season. He returned to play for the Sooners in 2005.


Dee Webb, DC, Florida (Third)

Webb purchased four guns in February of 2006 and police confiscated all four as part of an investigation about gun shots fired into an adjacent apartment. While a Florida teammate admitted to firing the shots and there's no reason to believe Webb will be arrested at this point, police found several guns legally stored at Webb's apartment.


Demario Minter, DC, Georgia (Third)

Police arrested Minter and four other Georgia football players, charging them with marijuana possession in 2003. In exchange for getting the charges dropped, he performed one year of community service and was placed on probation for one year. He served a two-game suspension at the beginning of the season.


Reggie McNeal, QB/WR, Texas A&M (Third/Fourth)

McNeal is a developmental prospect who needs to either show vast improvement at quarterback or move to receiver to make it in the NFL. That's why his ego and rumors about him openly voicing his opinion in the locker room are concerning.


A.J. Nicholson, OLB, Florida State (Third/Fourth)

Nicholson was charged with two separate alcohol-related offenses within a one-year span leading up to his senior season in 2005. One incident involved him resisting arrest after police tried to kick him out of a Tallahassee night club for disorderly conduct and drinking violations. The police had to subdue him with a Taser gun. In addition, police questioned Nicholson and Florida State suspended him for the 2006 Orange Bowl after a 19-year-old woman accused him of sexually assaulting her. However, charges were not filed.


Tim Jennings, DC, Georgia (Third/Fourth)

Jennings was one of the Georgia players involved in Minter's incident. In exchange for getting the charges dropped, he also performed one year of community service and was placed on one year's probation. He was suspended for the first two games of the 2003 season.


Bernard Pollard, DS, Purdue (Fourth)

Purdue suspended Pollard for three days during its 2005 training camp after he got into a verbal altercation with head coach Joe Tiller. There are concerns about his ability to control his emotions.


Anwar Phillips, DC, Penn State (Fourth)

In November 2002, a female student accused Phillips of assaulting her on campus and the school expelled him for two semesters. In addition, he was arraigned on charges of sexual assault and indecent aggravated assault. However, it's important to note that a jury acquitted Phillips of the charges in August of 2003.


Kedrick Golston, DT, Georgia (Fourth/Fifth)

While he was trying to break up a bar fight involving one of his teammates, Golston was arrested and charged with simple battery of a police officer, obstruction of a police officer and disorderly conduct in April of 2005. As a result, Georgia suspended him for the season opener.


Domata Peko, DT, Michigan State (Fifth)

Peko fled the scene when police officers found him urinating in public in May 2005. He later pled guilty to a misdemeanor disorderly conduct.


Adam Stenavich, OG, Michigan (Fifth)

In November 2004, police arrested Stenavich for disorderly conduct in his hometown in Wisconsin. He cursed and screamed at officers who were called to escort him out of a night club because an employee supposedly caught him urinating on the floor. Stenavich eventually paid a fine for the offense.


Reuben Houston, DC, Georgia Tech (Fifth)

Houston has been arrested for driving without a license twice, but those two infractions are overshadowed by a June 2005 arrest for his involvement in a California-based marijuana distribution operation. He pled guilty to charges of conspiracy and intent to distribute 92 pounds of marijuana following the arrest. In April 2006, he was sentenced to nine months probation.


Jeff Webb, WR, San Diego State (Fifth)

Unlike many other players on this list, Webb has stayed out of trouble off the field. However, character is still a concern because he seems overly arrogant and rubs some people the wrong way. Webb does not work very hard, takes plays off and does not like to work the middle of the field.


Marcus Vick, eluding a Louisville defender in the Gator Bowl, stepped on another Cardinals player who tackled him during the game.Marcus Vick, QB, Virginia Tech (Fifth/Sixth)

Perhaps no other player will be hurt by his past transgressions more than Vick. Virginia Tech suspended him for the James Madison game after he violated team policies in 2003. He was convicted on three counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor in May of 2004, and Virginia Tech suspended him for the entire season. Vick was also charged with reckless driving and marijuana possession in July 2004.


In January 2006, Virginia Tech dismissed him from the team because of his character issues. Police arrested and charged him with three counts of brandishing a firearm a week after his dismissal. In addition, he has been cited for nine driving offenses since 2002. As if his off-the-field problems don't raise enough concerns, he stomped on the left calf of a Louisville defender during the 2006 Gator Bowl.


McKinley Boykin, DT, Mississippi (Sixth)

In March 2005, police arrested and charged Boykin with simple assault/domestic violence. The charges were dropped eventually because his girlfriend refused to pursue them. In addition, he has had some problems controlling his emotions on the field.


Brad Butler, OT, Virginia (Sixth/Seventh)

Concerns surrounding Butler's character shouldn't hurt him as much as many of the other players on this list. However, Virginia suspended him a game for throwing a questionable chop block during the Boston College game.


Chris Hawkins, DC, Marshall (Seventh)

Hawkins started his collegiate career at North Carolina, but a violation of team rules stemming from a fight with a teammates ended with his dismissal from the team. He then transferred to Marshall.


Melvin Oliver, DE, LSU (Seventh)

In June 2004, police arrested Oliver for simple assault after he got into an altercation with the mother of his son.


Larry Dibbles, DT, Texas-Austin (Seventh)

Police arrested Dibbles and three of his teammates for possession of marijuana in May 2003. The charges were dropped because the arresting officer performed an illegal traffic stop before searching the car where the marijuana was found.


Mike Imoh, RB, Virginia Tech (Seventh/FA)

Virginia Tech suspended Imoh for the first three games of the 2004 season after he pled no contest to three counts of contributing to the delinquency of minor in May of that year.


Manase Hopoi, DT, Washington (Seventh/FA)

Though charges were never filed, police arrested Hopoi for assaulting a security guard during a nightclub brawl in March 2004.


Albert Toeaina, OT, Tennessee (Seventh/FA)

There's a lot to like about Toeaina's aggressiveness, but he's had some problems controlling his emotions. Tennessee suspended him for the 2005 season finale after he cursed, spit and threw his helmet at a cameraman when the Volunteers played Vanderbilt.


Rashon Powers-Neal, FB, Notre Dame (Free Agent)

Powers-Neal pled guilty to a fourth-degree driving-under-influence charge during his senior year, and Notre Dame suspended him for most of the season consequently.

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