A big part of why DeVier Posey came along slowly for the Houston Texans last season was that he missed 10 games in his final year at Ohio State due to suspensions that stemmed from selling his 2008 conference championship ring and being overpaid for a summer job.
Now, Posey watches as another college athlete handles NCAA scrutiny. The Texans receiver sympathizes with Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel.
"I know what he's going through," Posey said. "I know the witch hunting that goes on at the NCAA -- how those meetings go, how mentally stressful they are, how hard it is to focus on football.
"I just feel his pain. Whatever he did, people have to remember the way ESPN & you guys report it, it's not a crime. He's still a good kid, and he just loves football and he wants to eventually make it to this level and people have to remember that."
The NCAA is investigating Manziel for whether he violated NCAA rules during a series of autograph signing sessions. According to "Outside the Lines," Manziel participated in six sessions for three different brokers in the span of less than a month.
In certain cases, NCAA issues can impact a player's draft status. That wasn't the case for Posey. Most teams with whom Posey met weren't concerned about his rules violations, but rather the dearth of film they had on him, as he missed most of the 2011 season. It's likely why Posey dropped into the third round and definitely why he didn't really contribute to the Texans offense until late last season. That fact made his Achilles injury that much more unfortunate since it came just as Posey was feeling comfortable in the Texans' offense.