Former Wisconsin linebacker and potential first-round draft pick Zack Baun has informed all 32 NFL teams that he tested positive for a diluted sample during the league’s scouting combine, according to a report.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Baun informed all 32 teams of the situation as the 2020 NFL Draft date approaches. Baun blamed the positive result on “drinking too much water for weight-related weigh-in purposes.”
On most draft boards, Baun is considered to be a late-first or early-second-round selection in the 2020 NFL Draft. According to Schefter, though, it may not have much of an impact on his status.
Wisconsin’s Zach Baun, the third-rated linebacker on Mel Kiper Jr.’s board, notified all 32 teams that he testified positive for a diluted sample at the combine that he blamed on drinking too much water for weight-related weigh-in purposes, per league sources.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 14, 2020
Schefter also stated that Baun’s diluted sample does not count as a strike against him under the league’s new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). Under the previous CBA, it would have been.
Baun is the No. 3 linebacker on Mel Kiper Jr.’s board. He finished the 2019 season with 76 tackles, 19.5 for loss, two forced fumbles, two pass break-ups and an interception.