Gregory’s Failed NFL Drug Test Is Seen Costing Milliions

Defensive end Randy Gregory’s positive test for marijuana use during the National Football League’s scouting combine could end up costing him $10 million.

Gregory, who had 17 1/2 sacks during his two seasons at the University of Nebraska, has been projected as a possible top-five pick in this year’s NFL draft. Gregory may now slip out of the top 10 after confirming his positive drug test to NFL.com, according to former NFL scout Daniel Jeremiah.

Gregory tested positive for marijuana use twice while at Nebraska and told NFL.com that he’s worried about his draft stock, but said he’ll be “all right in the end.” The NFL Draft is scheduled for April 30 to May 2 in Chicago.

“That’s another strike against him, and that’s unfortunate,” Jeremiah, who scouted for the Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns and Philadelphia Eagles, said on the NFL Network. “And for Randy Gregory, this is not the kind of draft class you want to have this issue in, because we are loaded at the edge rusher position.”

Florida’s Dante Fowler, Clemson’s Vic Beasley and Missouri’s Shane Ray are other top pass rushers available.

Under the NFL’s rookie pay scale, the fifth pick in this year’s draft would get a four-year contract worth about $18.7 million, according to former Cleveland Browns general manager Phil Savage, who’s now an ESPN analyst. Just three picks later, the rookie deal drops to $12.8 million, Savage said.

The 13th pick this year will get a four-year contract worth about $10.1 million, while the contract value for the 17th pick drops to $8.8 million.

“He’ll go in the first round,” Jeremiah said of Gregory. “But I do think he’s going to slide out of the top 10.”

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