According to Ian Rapoport and Albert Breer of NFL Media, there is a “good chance” that Nebraska DE/OLB Randy Gregory will drop in this year’s draft, and possibly out of round one.
Rapoport and Breer spoke to a number of coaches, scouts, personnel chiefs and GMs around the league regarding Gregory, and there are obvious concerns about his off-the-field issues and playing weight, teams are also concerned about Gregory’s “ability to handle the mental rigors of professional football.”
According to the report, Gregory has been taken off a “several” team’s draft boards and where he ends up could ultimately come down to the results of individual psychological profiles that have been put together by NFL teams.
“At some point, the risk meets the reward, especially at the bottom of the (first) round — those are good teams,” said an area scout who was assigned to Nebraska. “They miss, it’s not a big deal. But the top 20 picks of each round, it’s tough. He’s either gonna be a good player or he’s not gonna be in the NFL. He comes from a good home, he’s a smart kid.
“How do you wanna deal with it?” the scout added. “Do you wanna work with him? Can you do the off-the-field stuff to manage it?”
It will be interesting to see if a team later in round one is willing to take a chance on a talented pass rusher.
We’ll have more updates regarding Gregory as the news is available.