One of the top defensive players in the draft is relieved he does not have to be on the defensive any longer.
Raji (6-2, 337) is considered the highest-rated defensive lineman in the draft and a top-10 prospect. The 49ers own the No. 10 overall pick in the draft. Obviously, Raji is a serious option for the 49ers if he is still available after the first nine selections.
His reputation appears to be on the mend after reports surfaced last week on SI.com and NFLDraftbible.com that he tested positive for drugs at the combine in February. Raji told me this evening the reports are inaccurate. His agents provided evidence in a statement earlier today and declared the “reports are untrue.”
“The biggest thing is trying to figure out how this started,” Raji said. “I couldn’t understand how this rumor became such a big splash in the media when there was no evidence – there was no substance to believe it. The last couple days, I was just trying to figure out: Who? What? Basically, why?”
“Now, I’m happy the truth is out. Obviously, it’s not going to be as big of a splash as the negative part. But as long as the coaches and the decision-makers know what is true, then I don’t need to be concerned with everybody else.”
Raji said he only had to discuss the issue in-depth with the Buccaneers because the online reports came out the day before he visited.
Raji has also taken visits to
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UPDATE: NFL teams are expected to receive the official report of which players tested positive around April 20.
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(Arguably) the Bay Area’s top college prospect,
Gilbert has a full schedule of visits. He has already traveled to
Gilbert could be draft as early as the late first round. The 49ers’ second-round pick is No. 43 overall.
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