One of the many subplots for the NFL draft, which starts with Thursday’s first round, is where a pair of highly regarded defensive prospects, Shane Ray and Randy Gregory, will go. Both players are prized for their abilities to get to opposing quarterbacks, but both have also admitted to marijuana use, in Ray’s case just days before the draft.
Now NFL teams must weigh their evaluations of the players’ abilities against their concerns about character issues and possible future suspensions. For some teams, decisions on Ray and/or Gregory, who failed a drug test at the NFL draft combine in February, will come down to how they feel about usage of the drug in question, marijuana.
One unidentified general manager gave some insight into his team’s thinking, as reported Wednesday by Bleacher Report’s Mike Freeman: