On Friday, it was announced that Dallas Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory had been suspended for the first four games of the 2016-17 NFL regular season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.
Gregory was initially viewed as a top 15 talent in last year’s draft class, but a failed drug test at the Scouting Combine began a free fall that caused him to slide to Day 2.
Because of the red flags Gregory showed and the risk that didn’t pay off for Dallas, there are some who believe his situation could end up hurting another prospect in this year’s draft with similar issues, Eastern Kentucky standout Noah Spence.
Noah has been impressing teams early in the draft process and seems to have vaulted himself into contention to be a top ten pick.
However, one NFL media member believes he could fall as a result of the recent Gregory news.
“In terms of Noah Spence selling himself to teams,” NFL.com’s Daniel Jeremiah said, “now he has to go above and beyond because this is a recent example of someone who had an issue with drugs that couldn’t overcome it.”
Spence failed multiple drug tests while a member of the Ohio State Buckeyes which ultimately led to his dismissal. He has also been open about an Ecstacy addiction in the past.
It will be interesting to see how much this all impacts Spence in the long run, but it will be something interesting to watch as draft season continues.
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