In three terrific seasons at Virginia Tech, Jayron Hosley didn't have too many missteps.
In 2010, the former Atlantic High standout led the nation with nine interceptions and earned a reputation as one of college football's best cover cornerbacks.
But a failed drug test at the NFL Combine in February could have derailed Hosley's NFL career before it started. According to a published report, Hosley, who left Virginia Tech following his junior season, wrote to NFL teams apologizing after testing positive for marijuana.
The combination of contrition and ability worked for the Super Bowl-champion New York Giants, who selected Hosley late Friday with the next-to-last pick in the third round.
"He's not the first one to have a situation like that," Giants general manager Jerry Reese said. ""He's a young kid. He's 20 years old. He's an early-out junior. He knows that's a bad decision that he made and we expect better from him."
Asked during a conference call on Saturday if he had any regrets, Hosley said: "I definitely regret it. It's something that's in the past. I'm working toward bettering myself and not letting something like this happen again - ever. They trusted me and I'm thankful of that. I'm going to make this a worthy decision."
Hosley was one of eight local players selected during the seven-round draft that ended Saturday. A pair of ex-Pahokee High defensive backs, Janoris Jenkins and Dwight Bentley, were chosen in the second and third rounds, respectively, on Friday. Jenkins, who played at Florida and North Alabama, went to St. Louis while Bentley, from Louisiana-Lafayette, was taken by Detroit.
On Saturday, former Glades Central and Miami receiver Travis Benjamin was drafted in the fourth round by Cleveland while Joe Looney, from Lake Worth High by way of Wake Forest, was San Francisco's fourth-round pick. Georgia kicker Blair Walsh, who grew up in Boca Raton, went to Minnesota in the sixth round. Receiver LaVon Brazill, another Lake Worth grad who played at Ohio, was drafted by Indianapolis in the sixth round.
Also in the sixth round, Washington took Florida Atlantic running back Alfred Morris.
The 49ers made three trades in the fourth round, dropping back twice before moving up to the No. 117th selection to take Looney, who was told by San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh at the NFL Combine that he might be headed west.
"When I got done with my interview at the combine, coach Harbaugh told me he really liked me. He said I could be a 49erIt's just awesome that it happened."
Bentley, who teamed with Jenkins to win three state titles at Pahokee, increased his stock with a strong performance in the Senior Bowl, but it was his two interceptions against Oklahoma State that caught Detroit's attention. The two interceptions were thrown by Brandon Weeden in the direction of Justin Blackmon, both drafted in the first round on Thursday.
"You go back and see him against people like Blackmon ... he was always able to rise to the level of competition," Lions coach Jim Schwartz said.
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