some perspective: Gregory's failed drug test

Wild_x_Card

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Many have been wondering how Gregory's failed test will affect his draft status.

The latest example I can come up with is Justin Houston. He was regarded as a first rounder and a top 20 talent by many. Then goes on to piss hot for marijuana at the combine, as a result, he slides into the 3rd round.

This very well could be Gregory's projection as well when you take in other factors like, the depth of this class and questions about his weight.

Just something to chew on. Doesn't mean it will happen. One thing is for certain, failed drug tests and a history with said drug will push a player down GM's big boards regardless of talent.

Houston's college production for reference.
http://www.georgiadogs.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/houston_justin00.html
 

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Interesting comparison as both classes were loaded with pass rushers. I wonder how many teams look back and wish they hadn't passed on Houston though.
 

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Interesting comparison as both classes were loaded with pass rushers. I wonder how many teams look back and wish they hadn't passed on Houston though.
In hindsight, I'm sure every GM would love to have Houston on their respective team. Regardless, coming into the league under the substance abuse policy is not a joke. Investing high picks on prospects with red flags that can't be ignored is something I'd be weary of also. Financially and the fact that you're counting on the player to be available for every game and be a difference maker on top of it.
 

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I'd be very happy if he dropped to the Bears second round pick and the Bears drafted him. Amari Cooper+Randy Gregory or Vic Beasley+Randy Gregory or La'el Collins+Randy Gregory would be great.
 

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I can't see Gregory sliding out of the first unless there are more issues we haven't heard about. One of the late picking teams will pick him up and get richer in the process.
 

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If Fowler, Beasley and White are gone, I take him in one and not look back.
 

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I think that teams are looking at what Houston has become and will make them second guess letting him slide past them. As another poster pointed out though, it's hard to invest a 1st round pick on someone coming into the league under the substance abuse radar already. That being said, I would love for us to grab him in the second, I never wanted him with our first pick anyway.
 

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Two Words - Vontaze Burfict

Some guys are just made for the NFL.

This guy will be a stud no matter where he is picked.
 

PAPABEAR77

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Many have been wondering how Gregory's failed test will affect his draft status.

The latest example I can come up with is Justin Houston. He was regarded as a first rounder and a top 20 talent by many. Then goes on to piss hot for marijuana at the combine, as a result, he slides into the 3rd round.

This very well could be Gregory's projection as well when you take in other factors like, the depth of this class and questions about his weight.

Just something to chew on. Doesn't mean it will happen. One thing is for certain, failed drug tests and a history with said drug will push a player down GM's big boards regardless of talent.

Houston's college production for reference.
http://www.georgiadogs.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/houston_justin00.html
 

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Again, issue with Gregory is not "he smoked a joint." It's that it was chronic and he was psychologically dependent on it to cope with stress. So, more or less stress playing in the NFL vs. Nebraska?
 

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With the 7th pick, you don't take a risk on a guy like this. He isn't a no-brainer pick at #7 anyway without the failed drug test so I think this just puts the nail in the coffin of him being the Bears pick.
 
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The guy is injured a lot and his weight fluctuates, I'm glad he failed a drug test. It saves us from drafting a potential bust...it took the decision right out of our hands.
 
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