The 2015 NFL Draft kicks off on Thursday night at Auditorium Theatre in Chicago. One of the most talented players in this year’s class is Nebraska Cornhuskers defensive standout Randy Gregory.
Just a few weeks ago, Gregory was believed to be one of the top players in the draft.
However, when the first round rolls around in just 24 hours, it appears that Gregory could be in for a draft day slide.
But why? Recent reports have surfaced and they are very confusing and vague. They simply state that teams are worried with Gregory’s “ability to handle the mental rigors of professional football.”
Add in a failed drug test at the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine and Gregory is a lightning rod of controversy.
“At least three general managers view him as a top-five talent. But according to more than a dozen coaches, scouts, personnel chiefs and GMs, there is concern about Gregory’s ability to handle the mental rigors of professional football,” NFL.com’s Albert Breer and Ian Rapoport stated in an article for NFL.com.
“And just how far he drops in this week’s draft will likely hinge on the individual psychological profiles (and the results of related testing) put together by each team, according to multiple veteran evaluators. He has been taken off a several team’s draft boards, according to multiple sources.”
Jay Glazer even added:
"I wouldn't touch him….from what teams say…there are other issues." Jay Glazer on LB Randy Gregory.
— Paul Pabst (@PaulPabst) April 29, 2015
It is all rather bizarre to see the way the reports are flying out about Gregory, especially considering the lack of any detail regarding these “issues.”
It seems to be a sensative issue, so hopefully nothing is too serious and it will not stop Gregory from success at the next level. Perhaps this is all just smokescreens from teams at the bottom of Round 1.
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