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Something Weird Is Going On With Randy Gregory



By every account Nebraska pass rusher Randy Gregory is an NFL talent, and based on football skills alone, deserves to go early in tomorrow’s first round. But reports citing multiple scouts and team executives indicate he’s rapidly sliding down draft boards, with some teams prepared to pass on him altogether. The strange part is that no one will say exactly why.

Gregory has failed a few tests for marijuana, most recently at the combine. He’s also slightly undersized to play defensive end, which is where he likely projects (he did play a lot of linebacker in college). But apparently, there’s more than that.

Today comes a very odd report from NFL.com on Gregory, and on teams worries about what they might get from him. Pay very close attention to the wording throughout, because it’s maddeningly nonspecific and just begging you to read between the lines. 

[A]ccording to more than a dozen coaches, scouts, personnel chiefs and GMs, there is concern about Gregory’s ability to handle the mental rigors of professional football. And just how far he drops in this week’s draft will likely hinge on the individual psychological profiles (and the results of related testing) put together by each team, according to multiple veteran evaluators.


One opinion that’s common among the evaluators who’ve delved deep into Gregory’s past — he’s not a bad kid. He comes from a solid background. He’s well-meaning.

But there’s more to sort through.

“At some point, the risk meets the reward, especially at the bottom of the (first) round — those are good teams,” said an area scout for one team, 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 continued. “Do you wanna work with him? Can you do the off-the-field stuff to manage it?”

The concern is that, through no fault of his own, Gregory’s problems might be manageable, but not fixable, which makes his landing in the right environment (as the scout alluded to) vital.

What is this “off-the-field stuff” that could torpedo Gregory’s NFL career? Why do scouts and the NFL.com reporters repeatedly go out of their way to emphasize that these problems are “no fault of his own?” Mike Florio’s baffled, and damned if this report—and others referring to Gregory’s “other issues”—isn’t specifically obfuscating the actual issue at hand.

The caution may stem from potential medical privacy issues, as well as workplace discrimination laws. There are rumors, confined to social media and message boards, that Gregory may suffer from depression and/or anxiety. (He himself has said he first started smoking marijuana to deal with anxiety, though it’s not clear if he was using the term in its clinical sense.)

It’s not clear whether the teams are reacting to the rumors, or whether they’re acting on information that’s behind the rumors, but it would absolutely explain this weird pre-draft farrago. As much as the players have collectively bargained away medical privacy, no team or reporter would want to speak publicly about a kid’s mental health status—or admit that they’d deny him employment because of it. At the same time, it would be a very real concern for teams gambling a first-round pick. Just ask the Houston Rockets, who took Royce White 16th overall, knowing his struggles with obsessive-compulsive disorder and anxiety disorder, and never got a single game from him.

If there’s truth to this, it’s telling that the NFL doesn’t have the vocabulary to differentiate mental health from “mental toughness.” It’s a cold business, and anything that gets in the way of an athlete’s ability to stay on the field will necessarily take precedence.

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Lol, of course he is a suspect. You are never a suspect going into questioning, you magically become one during it,


Er, I dunno know how that stuff works in real life lol....they just kept saying that on radio today, about not even a suspect etc....wasn't making sense to me lol

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Er, I dunno know how that stuff works in real life lol....they just kept saying that on radio today, about not even a suspect etc....wasn't making sense to me lol


I would think if your ex-girlfriend was killed, you'd have to be a suspect by default... not that he's guilty, but if there's no clear cut suspect it'd make sense.

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If the Jets land Gregory in the 2nd they will have gotten 2 of the top 5 talents on D in the draft on the field. Kid was projected top 5 just 3 weeks ago, or before the drug test news.

It's not the drug test with Greg. He has some medical issues teams are not allowed to discuss, from what I've heard. That combined with mental weakness. Unless someone reaches for him, I can see him drop in the 50s (past mid 2nd round).

I rather we go with Jalen Strong or even Beckham.

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Best remaining players for Round 2:
15. La'el Collins, OT, LSU: 6-4 1/2, 305 pounds, 5.10 40
21. Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State: 6-2 3/8, 217 pounds, 4.41 40
23. Randy Gregory, OLB, Nebraska: 6-4 7/8, 235 pounds, 4.61 40
25. Landon Collins, SS, Alabama: 6-0, 228 pounds, 4.31 40
30. Jalen Collins, CB, LSU: 6-1 1/2, 203 pounds, 4.44 40
31. Jordan Phillips, DT, Oklahoma: 6-5 1/4, 329 pounds, 5.15 40
32. Eddie Goldman, DT, Florida State: 6-foot-3 7/8, 336 pounds, 5.27 40
33. Jake Fisher, OT, Oregon: 6-6 1/8, 306 pounds, 4.97 40
34. Donovan Smith, OL, Penn State: 6-5 5/8, 338 pounds, 5.18 40
36. Eli Harold, OLB, Virginia: 6-3 1/8, 247 pounds, 4.58 40
37. Devin Smith, WR, Ohio State: 6-0 3/8, 196 pounds, 4.37 40
39. Benardrick McKinney, LB, Mississippi State: 6-4 1/8, 246 pounds, 4.62 40
42. T.J. Clemmings, OT, Pittsburgh: 6-4 3/4, 309 pounds, 5.12 40
43. D'Joun Smith, CB, Florida Atlantic: 5-10, 187 pounds, 4.37 40
44. Eric Rowe, DB, Utah: 6-0 3/4, 205 pounds, 4.37 40
45. Preston Smith, DE, Mississippi State: 6-4 7/8, 271 pounds, 4.71 40
46. Tevin Coleman, RB, Indiana: 5-11 3/8, 206 pounds
47. Ronald Darby, DB, Florida State: 5-10 5/8, 193 pounds, 4.37 40
48. Denzel Perryman, LB, Miami: 5-10 3/4, 236 pounds, 4.68 40
49. Owamagbe Odighizuwa, DE, UCLA: 6-3 1/2, 267 pounds, 4.56 40/p/>
50. Eric Kendricks, LB, UCLA: 6-0 1/4, 232 pounds, 4.59 40
51. Danielle Hunter, DE, LSU: 6-5 1/8, 252 pounds, 4.56 40
52. Chris Conley, WR, Georgia: 6-1 7/8, 213 pounds, 4.33 40
53. Bryce Petty, QB, Baylor: 6-2 7/8, 230 pounds, 4.81 40
54. Maxx Williams, TE, Minnesota: 6-3 7/8, 249 pounds, 4.78 40
55. Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Missouri: 6-5 1/8, 237 pounds, 4.43 40
57. Michael Bennett, DT, Ohio State: 6-2, 293 pounds, 5.01 40
58. Mario Edwards, Jr., DT, Florida State: 6-2 5/8, 279 pounds, 4.76 40
59. Carl Davis, DT, Iowa: 6-4 5/8, 320 pounds, 5.14 40
60. Jay Ajayi, RB, Boise State: 5-11 3/4, 221 pounds, 4.52 40
61. Duke Johnson, RB, Miami (Fla.): 5-9 1/8, 207 pounds, 4.50 40
63. P.J. Williams, DB, Florida State: 6-0, 194 pounds, 4.53 40
65. Nate Orchard, DE, Utah: 6-3 1/4, 250 pounds, 4.80 40
66. Ameer Abdullah, RB, Nebraska: 5-8 3/4, 205 pounds, 4.50 40
Lucas on JetNation thinks we should go Devin Smith, he's a burner and has amazing hands.
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