Report: Shane Ray still expected to go in first round

AP

Missouri pass rusher Shane Ray didn’t have the best timing when he was cited for marijuana possession earlier this week, but it continues to look like the run-in with the law won’t knock him out of the first round.

On Wednesday, Ray said that he’s been hearing more interest from teams picking late in the first round since his citation on Monday morning. Ray also suffered a foot injury during Missouri’s bowl game that led to reports that he might need surgery at some point to correct the issue. That didn’t do much to dim his draft prospects, which may be part of a trend for Ray.

On Thursday, Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen of ESPN followed up on that to report that Ray is expected to be selected before the first night of the draft comes to a close.

Schefter added that the Falcons could take Ray with the eighth overall pick, which comes after Atlanta coach Dan Quinn said Ray “absolutely” remains on their draft board. That doesn’t mean they’ll be selecting him with that pick or at any other point in the first round, of course, but it does suggest that Ray’s talent will be enough for someone to roll the dice on him early in this weekend’s proceedings.

14 responses to “Report: Shane Ray still expected to go in first round

  1. He better hope so. It’s gonna be a little embarrassing if he starts tomorrow night sitting in the green room.

  2. The man is going through one of the most stressful job interviews in his life do you really blame him for taking a couple of puffs to clear his mind? I know its a dumb thing to do but imagine your father not being there to congratulate you on the biggest accomplishments of your life.

  3. vmbanegas1130 says:
    Apr 30, 2015 3:19 PM
    The man is going through one of the most stressful job interviews in his life do you really blame him for taking a couple of puffs to clear his mind?
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    I’m for full legalization. That said, I absolutely WOULD blame the guy for doing something so utterly stupid as even carry around an illegal substance, much less smoke it. If he wants to de-stress to get laid, stay home with some friends and get drunk or go to a doctor and ask for some legal anxiety meds (protip: if you ask, doctors will typically prescribe something.) If there was no other way to chill, maybe smoking up would be defenseable but there are other ways to let off steam that don’t start up questions about an apparent lack of good judgement or comparisons to Josh Gordon and Dion Jordan.

  4. @drunkwino Thats true i can respect that. I dont know whats his exact reasoning on having it but thats what comes to mind for his reasoning on carrying it with him. I’m also pissed because i wanted him to be a skin haha

  5. He is a kid amoung kids who probably 60%+ smoke weed which is legal in some United States. This is not a big deal. How did smoking weed get worse than rape and assault all of a sudden anyway???

  6. Two years in a row now that an All Conference pass rusher from Mizzou’s draft stock takes a dive because of his propensity for the sack.

  7. I think the entire earth knew Mark Dominick had NO IDEA whatsoever what he was talking about when he spoke for all 32 teams in saying Ray was going to be a third day pick. Gimme a break, Dom — real great analysis.

    Someone yank his mic and call him a cab.

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