Miami cornerback Sam Shields, a potential late round pick in next month's draft, significantly hurt his chances of being so after getting arrested last Thursday night and charged with a misdemeanor of possession of marijuana.
Shields, 5-11, 183 pounds, was once a highly touted wide receiver prospect. He actually played receiver throughout much of his career, starting a combined 12 games over the 2006-07 seasons. He only caught 11 passes for 124 yards in 2008, however, seeing most of his playing time on special teams. He was voted Miami's Special Teams Player of the Year in 2008.
Shields made the move to cornerback as a senior, playing in 12 games and ranking among the secondary's most productive players with 43 tackles and 2 passes broken up.
With decent size and reported 4.4 speed, Shields flashed the talent to pique scouts' interest, though he only had one year at cornerback. He helped himself with a solid showing at the Texas vs. Nation game and though he was not invited to the Combine, was viewed as a player who could hear his name called late on the draft's third day.
Shields' arrest, however, likely ends his chances at getting drafted. Based on the penalty handed down at his arraignment April 6, teams may now not even be willing to invite him to camp as an undrafted free agent.