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Character issue remains complicated

Drafting players with baggage has inherent risks, but talent often sways decisions

Originally Published: April 29, 2014
By Ashley Fox | ESPN.com

This time of year, teams can say they care about a draft prospect's character. They can say it matters to them whether a player has a history of arrests, whether his college team suspended him, whether he smoked pot or got in a fight or smacked his girlfriend.

They can say it matters, and for the rare few it does, but this is the reality in the National Football League:

"Talent always trumps character," one AFC general manager said.

Said an NFC general manager: "Understand ...

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