At one point over the winter, Nebraska pass rusher Randy Gregory was seen by some as a Top 10 pick. Thus, after a whirlwind of changes and slump in draft stock, it’s no surprise that he was disappointed when he wasn’t selected yesterday.
Speaking to Rand Getlin of Yahoo Sports, Gregory went into detail about how down he was feeling about not being a first round pick, going so far as to admit that he didn’t sleep at all last night.
Now, Gregory’s not being drafted on Day 1 is NOT because teams don’t view him as talented. He has excellent size at 6’6″, 240 pounds, and registered 120 tackles (25.5 for a loss) and 17.5 sacks in two seasons with the Huskers. In terms of physical flaws, the only real concern is that most of his strength is in his upper body, compared to skinny legs. Still, he has the talent to be a pass-rushing linebacker or maybe even a Leo player, depending on the system.
The big red flag on Gregory regards his mental mistakes, as he tested positive for marijuana at the NFL Scouting Combine, and tested positive two other times while at Nebraska to the point where he almost got dismissed from the team. Given how receiver Josh Gordon can’t seem to get his head screwed on straight regarding marijuana despite having boatloads of talent, it’s easy to see why teams would shy away from Gregory if they felt he wasn’t going to be money well spent.
Granted, rounds 2 and 3 will take place tonight and there are enough teams in need of pass rushing help that Gregory SHOULD be taken. However, if his name goes uncalled for the second night in a row, he’ll have nobody to blame but himself.
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