NFL draft prospect Randy Gregory fails combine drug test

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Draft prospect Randy Gregory failed drug test at combine
Thursday March 26th, 2015

Potential first-round draft pick Randy Gregory told Wednesday that he tested positive for marijuana at the scouting combine in February.

Gregory says he has used marijuana since his high school days in Indiana and that he used the drug to cope after failing to qualify academically at Purdue. He enrolled at Nebraska in 2012 after attending Arizona Western Community College. Twice in 2014 he failed drug tests while at Nebraska.

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"I blame myself," Gregory said. "And I know it sounds cliché, but there's really no one else I can blame.  Am I worried? Yeah, I'm worried. At the same time, I'm confident. I know I'm going to be all right in the end."

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Gregory says he learned of the failed combine drug test two weeks ago, after receiving a letter he thought was an invite to next month's NFL draft in Chicago.

"It said I failed a drug test," he said.

Gregory was a first-team All-Big Ten selection last season as a junior after leading Nebraska with seven sacks, including 10 tackles for loss. In's most recent mock draft, the defensive end/outside linebacker was slotted at No. 8, to the Atlanta Falcons

"I don't want my career to be defined by the fact that I had failed a drug test or anything of that sort," Gregory said. "I want people to remember me as that top-10, top-five [draft pick] that had a 10-year career, a number of championships. I want to be known as that guy. I don't want to be known as a bust or that guy who came in [to the league] with a drug habit." - Scooby Axson


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