Arrest may have hurt new Eagle Jordan Poyer's draft stock

Arrest may have hurt new Eagle Jordan Poyer's draft stock
April 27, 2013, 6:45 pm
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Did it hurt his draft status? It sure didn’t help.

Jordan Poyer (see profile) was a first-team All-American last year after tying for second in NCAA Division I with seven interceptions.

Yet 217 players were drafted ahead of him.

Including an astounding 26 cornerbacks.

Why did Poyer drop from a projected third- or fourth-round pick into the middle of the seventh round?

It’s possible his May arrest had something to do with it.

Poyer, then a junior at Oregon State, was arrested on May 21, 2012, in Corvallis, Ore., and charged with second-degree trespassing after an incident at a bar near the Oregon State campus.

OregonLive.com quoted Corvallis police lieutenant Tim Brewer as saying Poyer had been banned from the bar, the Impulse Bar and Grill, on Feb. 5. He also told the web site the police report indicated that Poyer was fighting with a security guard at the bar.

Poyer was finally drafted by the Eagles at No. 218 overall. A few minutes later, he discussed the incident and said it was overblown but also said he learned from it.

“It wasn’t a fight, it was more just me being dumb,” Poyer said. “I wasn’t 21, going into a bar, kind of refused to leave, got kicked out of the bar, wasn’t allowed to come back. And I came back, and it was just a bad situation.

“The media kind of blew it up like it was a fight, but it wasn’t. I don’t know. It was just kind of a dumb situation to be in. I put myself in a bad situation, but I learned from it. A lot of teams asked me about it, but I explained it.”

Oregonlive.com reported in July that charges were dropped after Poyer wrote a letter to the victim, presumably the security guard he didn’t have a fight with.