Iowa wide receiver Derrell Johnson-Koulianos appeared to have destroyed any chance of playing professional football with the news two months ago that he and roommate Brady Cooper Johnson were arrested on multiple drug-related charges. DJK, as he was affectionately referred to by those close to the Hawkeye program, was officially charged with four counts of possession of controlled substances, two counts of unlawful possession of prescription drugs and one count of keeping a drug house.
Now, according to documents obtained by NFLDraftScout.com, Johnson-Koulianos has had all but one of these charges dropped - a misdemeanor charge of possession of marijuana. He received a deferred judgment on this charge. As such Johnson Koulianoas will require unsupervised probation for one year. In the event he remains drug free, completes counseling and remains free of any difficulty with the law, the court indicated it would consider discharge from unsupervised probation within six months.
Essentially, if Johnson-Koulianos doesn't screw up, he can have his record wiped clean in six months. He had no criminal record prior to these charges and has taken and passed drug tests as part of the initial ruling.
The news could be enough to get DJK a shot at the NFL. Iowa's all-time leading receiver enjoyed a strong performance in last Saturday's NFLPA game, helping his cause after a rather ho-hum weak of practice. The interviews with scouts there were the most important component of his week, however, as Johnson-Koulianos was not invited to the Combine.
Johnson-Koulianos holds the school career records for receptions (173) and receiving yards (2,616). He was a first-team All-Big Ten selection as a senior after catching 46 passes for 745 yards and 10 touchdowns.
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