A few months ago, Nebraska pass rusher Randy Gregory looked like a sure thing to be a high first-round pick. But now there’s increasing talk around the league that Gregory will still be available in the late first round.
Mike Mayock of NFL Network said today that he has talked to personnel people on several teams picking in the late first round who now believe Gregory could be available when they pick. As a result, those teams are having internal conversations in which the personnel people are talking to the owners about whether Gregory — who failed a marijuana test at the Combine — is the kind of person they want representing their franchise.
“I’ve had a bunch of teams in the bottom half of the first round going, uh oh, we’ve got to be all over this guy from our owner, because you might have to bring him into this conversation, from our owner down to our coaching staff,” Mayock said.
Early in the draft process, teams in the bottom half of the first round weren’t giving a lot of thought to Gregory because they didn’t expect him to be available to them. But with questions about Gregory off the field (not to mention questions about whether he’s too skinny to be effective in the NFL), it now seems entirely possible that Gregory will fall from a high first-round pick to a late first-round pick.