Note to NFL: You Better Do Your Background Checks

Nick Fishman

You might recall a story we posted last month about a Sports Illustrated/CNN poll that found 7% of all players on the roster of NCAA Football’s Top 25 list had been charged with, or convicted of criminal activity.

In anticipation the National Football League draft, BleacherReport.com just published a list of the Top 10 Craziest Arrest Stories of Players in this year’s draft.

Lowlights include Notre Dame’s Michael Floyd, USC Quarterback Mitch Mustain and Arkansas Quarterback, Ryan Mallett (formerly the pride of the Michigan Wolverines).  Thankfully, there are no Ohio State Buckeyes on this year’s list.  They must have been busy selling memorabilia or bartering for tattoos.

So, all 32 teams are on notice.  Start the vetting process early and often.  I can hear Hank Williams Jr. now, “Are you ready for some background checks?”

By the way, perhaps another blog post for another time.  We should evaluate which NFL general managers have robbed their teams with awful player selections.  I still can’t get over Ernie Accorsi of the Cleveland Browns drafting of Duke University linebacker Mike Junkin with the 5th pick in the 1st round.  I’m taking nominations now.

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Nick Fishman is the co-founder of EmployeeScreenIQ, a leading, global employment background screening provider, and serves as the company’s executive vice president and chief marketing officer. He pioneered the creation of EmployeeScreen University, the #1 educational resource on employment background checks for human resources, security and risk management professionals. A recognized industry expert, Nick is a frequent author, presenter and contributor to the news media. Nick is also a licensed private investigator in the states of Ohio and Texas.
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