NFL draft prospect and former Nebraska defensive end Randy Gregory said he was “disappointed” that he was not selected in the first round of the NFL draft on Thursday.
Gregory was ranked the third overall prospect by SI.com and was considered a first-round draft talent.
Gregory saw his draft stock fall after he tested positive for marijuana at the scouting combine in February.
“Honestly, I’m extremely disappointed,” Gregory told Yahoo Sports’ Rand Getlin. “I didn’t sleep last night because I feel like I let my family and the people who believe in me down, and I am sorry for that. But I’m going to use this as fuel.”
Gregory said that he was honest with team personnel at the combine about his drug use and “felt like all of those meetings went well—that [those team personnel] walked away knowing that I want to be great. Not good, but great.”
Gregory was a first-team All-Big Ten and third-team All-America selection last season as a junior after leading Nebraska with seven sacks, including 10 tackles for loss.
“I feel like I’m the best defensive player in the draft and the team that gets me is going to get a great pro,” Gregory said. “I’ve learned a lot from this experience and I hope players who come behind me learned from this too.”
His full comments to Yahoo Sports are below.
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