On Monday morning, Missouri defensive end Shane Ray was cited for marijuana possession, an incident that certainly didn’t help his draft stock.
On Thursday night, though, he still heard his name called in Round One, with the Broncos trading up with Detroit to take him No. 23 overall.
Speaking to reporters at Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre after his selection, Ray called the arrest a “mistake.”
Said Ray: “I’ve grown from it, and I’m going to be the best that I can be.”
Ray said he has assured Broncos General Manager John Elway the arrest was an aberration.
“I guaranteed Mr. Elway that I will not have any issues,” Ray said. “As I said before, I’m not a person who has character issues at all.”
When a reporter asked Ray to sum up the last three days, his answer reflected a range of feelings.
“I could have fell out of the first round,” Ray said. “I could have not even came to Chicago to face the music. But my family supported me, and I came here, and my name was still called, despite what people may have thought, and despite the fact that so many teams that originally were supposed to be fans of me passed up on me.
“And now those teams have to see me twice a year.”