Nebraska defensive end headlines the best remaining players in the NFL draft, as spotlighted in Mark Maske’s Washington Post column.
Gregory was, at one time, regarded as a top 10 prospect. Maske’s column has Gregory ranked the 11th best prospect. His failure of a drug test at the NFL draft combine lowered his stock, knocking Gregory out of the first round. He’s a steal for any team that grabs him in the second round.
Randy Gregory and Shane Ray were two players regarded as having “red flags” despite their first-round talent, both because or incidents involving marijuana. However, the Denver Broncos actually moved up to nab the Missouri linebacker Ray.
Some of the other best remaining players in the NFL draft class include Alabama’s Landon Collins, who Maske notes may have been docked by scouts for his pass coverage.
Nancy Armour, USA Today
The great debate leading up to the NFL draft — Jameis Winston or Marcus Mariota, Marcus Mariota or Jameis Winston — isn’t over now that the quarterbacks have gone No. 1 and 2.
With Winston headed to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Mariota bound for the Tennessee Titans, the competition between the two, played out in the media, is only beginning.
Craig Haley, The Sports Network
As the NFL draft heads into Round 2 Friday, teams will start seeking hidden gems. FCS talent can carve out niches in the NFL, though not always at their collegiate position.
Josh Buchanan, East Coast consultant for the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, told Haley:
Sometimes coaches even use players in the best way for their team, but they have a skill set that fits another position, so you will see a player perhaps move from quarterback to safety or a big receiver become a tight end or an undersized tight end becomes a fullback or H-back.”
Auburn Defensive End Elijah Daniel Arrested
Greg Ostendorf, ESPN.com
Auburn defensive end Elijah Daniel was arrested Wednesday on multiple charges of burglary and theft. On Thursday, Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn issued a statement that Daniel was suspended indefinitely.
“I am aware of the situation, and Elijah has been suspended indefinitely from our team,” Malzahn’s statement said.
Daniel figured to play a role on the Tigers’ defensive line, Ostendorf writes. The Tigers need defensive help after taking a step back in 2014. They allowed nearly 27 points per game, up from 24.7 points in 2013.
Auburn struggled in particular against the top SEC West competition on its slate, and the Tigers were woeful in the pass rush. Their 21 sacks ranked No. 94 in the nation.