It didn’t take long for the latest star Alabama middle linebacker to have a run-in with the law. Reuben Foster, who the 49ers made their selection at the 31st overall pick in last year’s draft has been arrested on charges of Domestic Violence, threats and possession of an assault weapon.
This is the second arrest for Foster in less than a month. He was already facing charges and a one-game suspension for possession of marijuana while in Alabama.
Many people thought the Raiders should have drafted Foster with their pick at 24th overall in the 2016 draft, but they passed on Foster in favor of Ohio State cornerback Gareon Conley (who at the time had some legal entanglements of his own to deal with).
Aside from the Raiders glaring need at corner, they may have been a little gun shy about picking a middle linebacker out of Alabama with their top pick. They did that once before when they took Rolando McClain with the 8th overall pick in the 2010 draft. He too was arrested for assault and weapons charges which was the beginning of a string of arrests that ultimately had his time in Oakland come to an end after just three years. He played a total of five NFL seasons, last with the Cowboys in 2015.
The twist in all this is the 49ers saw enough promise in Foster during his rookie 2017 season that they released former All Pro middle linebacker NaVorro Bowman five weeks into the season, leading to his signing on with Raiders and starting the final 10 games of the season.