Tony Pauline of DraftInsider.net reports that since the news broke that Nebraska DE/OLB Randy Gregory failed a drug test at this year’s scouting combine, half a dozen NFL teams have scheduled visit with him.
- According to Pauline, the Chargers and Steelers are among the new team’s that will be hosting Gregory in the coming weeks.
Gregory confirmed Wednesday that he tested positive for marijuana at the NFL Scouting Combine back in February.
“I blame myself,” Gregory said, via Kimberly Jones of NFL Media. “And I know it sounds cliché, but there’s really no one else I can blame.”
Gregory admitted that he’s worried this will impact his draft stock in the coming weeks.
“Am I worried? Yeah, I’m worried,” Gregory said. “At the same time, I’m confident. I know I’m going to be all right in the end.”
Gregory seems to think he’s turned a corner and this won’t be an issue for him in the coming years.
“I was worse at Nebraska than I’ve ever been at any other time of my life,” Gregory said. “But I know how I am now. I think if teams really look at how I am now more so than the past, they’ll see I’m making strides to get better, as a person and as a player.”
While this is hardly the type of news that NFL teams want to hear regarding a presumed top-10 prospect, it appears as though a number of team plan to do even more work regarding Gregory in the event he drops down the board.
Ian Rapoport mentioned earlier the week that the Falcons were a team to watch for Gregory
“Keep an eye on No. 8, the Atlanta Falcons,” Rapoport said on NFL Network’s “Path to the Draft.” “Not only do they need edge rushers, but there’s been a little bit of a directive from owner Arthur Blank to take edgier players and not be scared by some of these issues. Dan Quinn, the new head coach coming from Seattle, can handle some of these issues in this culture.”
During his two years at Nebraska, Gregory recorded 120 tackles, 17.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, and two interceptions.