NFL teams looking are always in search of young quarterbacks to groom.
One of the chic picks this season to emerge as a legitimate prospect -- TCU junior Casey Pachall -- will require plenty of investigating off the field as well as on it after admitting to police he's smoked marijuana, tried cocaine and ecstasy and failed a school-given drug test in February.
According to multiple reports, Pachall (pronounced Paw-hall) was interviewed by police as part of a six-month investigation conducted by Fort Worth police that resulted in four TCU players being arrested for marijuana delivery charges.
All four -- linebacker Tanner Brock, offensive lineman Tyler Horn, cornerback Devin Johnson and defensive tackle D.J. Hendrey -- were subsequently kicked off the team. Each pleaded guilty and received multiple years of probation, but could see the charges wiped off their permanent record if they stay out of trouble.
Pachall was interviewed because he lived with Brock and was present when police arrested him.
Head coach Gary Patterson emailed a statement to the Fort Worth-based newspaper Star-Telegram regarding the news of Pachall's admission.
"I have always taken a very strong stand on student-athlete health and welfare. We have policies and educational programs in place to help guide our student-athletes," Patterson said in the statement. "We are committed to helping them make healthy choices and have moved forward. We have had 25 drug tests in the last 18 months, including one by the NCAA at the Rose Bowl. We've had six drug tests since February."
Should Pachall's drug-use be over, his stock with NFL scouts may not be impacted. Teams are generally willing to overlook some college mistakes should they feel that the player involved has learned from them and won't repeat the actions... especially if said player is talented, which Pachall, NFLDraftScout.com's top-rated TCU prospects, certainly appears to be.
A more naturally gifted passer than the man he replaced as the starting quarterback for the Horned Frogs -- Andy Dalton -- Pachall shattered school records in his first starting season, completing 66.5% of his passes for 2,921 yards (both records) and throwing for 25 touchdowns against only seven interceptions.
TCU will be making the jump to the Big 12 this season. Patterson hasn't announced whether Pachall will be leading them when the team opens play at home against Grambling State on September 8.