Meriweather overcomes character issue
Well, that didn't happen. Meriweather went to the Patriots at No. 24 overall, despite playing a central role in the UM-Florida International brawl last season and being at the center of an earlier off-campus shooting incident that also involved a teammate.
Apparently, if you can play, character concerns come second for some teams, even despite the NFL's renewed focus on conduct. But give Meriweather credit: he apparently handled the questions with maturity, rather than deflecting them. Also, it helped that the shooting was not determined to be a criminal action.
Earlier this year, at the Senior Bowl, Meriweather told the Times: "I think everybody came here thinking that I'm a great athlete but a bad character guy because of the fight and the gun incident. I wanted to come in and show them that there's nothing about hype here. I'm serious about this."
(Times photo - Stefanie Boyar. Click to enlarge.)