With the NFL Draft closing in, one player that teams, including the Jaguars, are going to have to make sure they do their research on is former Nebraska star and top NFL draft prospect Randy Gregory, who tested positive for marijuana at February’s combine. Find out what Should NFL Betting Fans Expect for this 2015 season at Mybookie.ag.
Gregory made a rather startling admission to the NFL Network’s Kimberly Jones, stating that it’s not an issue in his live, and not even a struggle.
“I don’t wake up every day saying, I’d really love to go smoke. It’s not a struggle for me every day [now], it really isn’t. In the past, hell yeah, it’s been a struggle. It really has been. Now, I’m focused on my dream.”
The Jaguars have to be careful, but at the same time they should remember that it was back in 2007 that Lions top WR Calvin Johnson admitted to marijuana use, and overall was the third pick in the draft by the Lions – and look how that’s worked out.
Justin Houston tested positive for marijuana at the combine, and wound up all the way at 70, he’s made teams wish they had taken him and not focus in on the marijuana use.
The last time the Jaguars did take a player with off field issues, it blew up in their face, as WR Justin Blackmon came into the draft with a prior DUI arrest, and he did nothing but become a bust for the team.
Gregory is a player that if he plays like he did in college can be a huge asset to a Jaguars team that needs help on their defensive line. He’s got to make amends, and talking on NFL Network swayed some opinions on him for his honesty in the situation.
“I was worse at Nebraska than I’ve ever been at any other time of my life,” Gregory told NFL Network. “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. …
“At the end of the day, it was my fault. I was being selfish. I was being stubborn. I felt like I could do things my way and it would work. And it didn’t work.”
Because of the failed test, he’ll start his career in Stage 1 of the league’s substance-abuse program. Another violation would push him to Stage 2, which carries with it the penalty of a fine and a four-game suspension.
If he’s worth the risk or not is what the Jaguars have to decide. For now, at least they know what they are getting into if they do take him.