Report: Dolphins took Hernandez off draft board

Report: Dolphins took Hernandez off draft board
July 9, 2013, 2:45 pm
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As the distressing news involving Aaron Hernandez continues to trickle out, so do the teams claiming they never would've taken the tight end. 

Add the Miami Dolphins to this small, but growing list of NFL squads. 

The Sun-Sentinel has cited a Dolphins source who is saying that the team wiped Hernandez clear off their board. The Florida product's problems with marijuana were well documented heading into that year's draft, but that was not the only factor that gave the Dolphins cause for concern.

Apparently, according to the source, Hernandez's positive test for marijuana was a concern, but two other incidents also caught their eye. Hernandez was, at one point, questioned by police in a Gainesville area double-shooting and, at another, confessed to punching a bar employee.

The combination of these three events convinced the Dolphins to steer clear of the highly-talented tight end. 

This news comes after Bengals owner Mike Brown and long-time GM Bill Polian, then heading the Colts, both asserted that they were not going to select Hernandez back in 2010.

Of course, it is convenient that these experts are coming out now to explain why it was a bad decision to draft Hernandez. Where were they when the 23-year-old was teaming up with Rob Gronkowski to form the premier tight end combination in the league? Isn't Mike Brown the same guy who has overseen a Bengals organization infamous for bringing bad character players onto their roster? What about Polian, the guy who drafted Rae Carruth in the first round?

Whatever the case, the Dolphins now appear to be the third team that was dead set against drafting Hernandez. And they may not be the last to claim so.