Randy Gregory uses the term “we” when discussing the Dallas Cowboys. Although he’d rather not fall to 27, the University of Nebraska defensive end hit it off with Cowboys personnel when he met with them on a national visit a week ago.
“Definitely the Cowboys, if I’m there for them, I definitely wouldn’t mind playing for them,” Gregory said Wednesday. “I think I’d be a very good fit for them. Based off last year, with the talent they have, we can definitely make a championship run next year.”
Gregory ranks as a top-10 prospect, but he tested positive for marijuana at the Scouting Combine in February. He also has admitted to two positive tests while at Nebraska.
Gregory has owned up to it, telling teams he made “a mistake.” Some teams, though, still reportedly have dropped him from consideration.
“I know I’m 22 years old,” Gregory said. “I’m not going to justify it. I can’t justify it. I’m not going to make an excuse. But I can make a promise that I’ll try to be the best professional I can. No one is perfect, and I think a lot of people can understand that and kind of sympathize with me a little bit. At this point, if I keep the right mindset, I know I’ll be good in the NFL.”
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli made an impression on Gregory, who made 20 starts in two years at Nebraska, with 120 tackles, 29 tackles for loss and 17.5 sacks.
The Cowboys made only 28 sacks last season.
“The big thing for me was sitting down with Jerry Jones. That was real cool,” Gregory said. “Me and him really connected well. Coach Marinelli, me and him are real, real close. I really think he can push me, get me to the level I need to play at.”
The Cowboys have a shot at Gregory only because of his red flags, with his draft stock having fallen since he declared for the draft.
“I wouldn’t expect to maybe move up after everything that’s happened,” Gregory said. “It is what it is. What’s in the past is in the past. I’m only trying to get better. I’m going to try to work on being the best pro I can at this point. I’ll take it from there. It is what it is. I made a mistake. I owned up to it, and right now I’m trying to stay as positive as possible, and I definitely think tomorrow will be the same.”
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