PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Apparently, potential NFL first-round pick Ezekiel Elliott could have some off-the-field issues.
“There are a lot of rumors floating around about him using party drugs — MDMA, ecstasy, stuff like that — attending raves, and all that kind of stuff,” NFL reporter Ben Allbright told the 94WIP Josh Innes Show on Tuesday. “Nothing substantiated, a lot of anecdotal.
Last week, Walterfootball.com reported that Elliott — a star running back at Ohio State — was a roommate of Buckeyes defensive end Joey Bosa and their “shared place was a party destination.” Furthermore, Walterfootball.com indicated “sources say they suspect that Elliott was also using molly and ecstasy while parting.”
While Allbright says there is no concrete evidence, NFL teams are certainly investigating, and it could hurt Elliott’s draft stock.
Listen: Ben Allbright on the 94WIP Josh Innes Show
“I’ve had stuff sent to me on and off — pictures of him down in Florida partying,” Allbright explained. “There’s been a couple of other whispers here and there from guys in the league that are saying, ‘Hey these rumors are hanging around, but I can’t substantiate. Do you have anything?’ Teams are definitely looking at it, I’ll tell you that much. But as far as hard evidence, in it of itself — a bombshell photograph — I haven’t seen it yet.
“The talks will have teams looking into it and if teams do not feel comfortable with him off the field, then they will pass.”
Allbright believes Elliott will be available at eighth overall if the Eagles are interested, but he feels Philadelphia should consider moving back in round one.