Nebraska outside linebacker Randy Gregory, who is projected to be drafted in the top 10 in the 2015 NFL Draft, said Wednesday that he tested positive for Marijuana at the February combine.
This isn’t the first time Gregory has tested positive for marijuana. During his time in Nebraska, Gregory tested positive twice and he faced getting kicked off the team had he failed a third time.
"I blame myself," Gregory said. "And I know it sounds cliché, but there's really no one else I can blame."
Although he tested positive at the combine in February, Gregory said he hadn’t smoked since December but that the levels were so high that it still came up in the results months later.
"I was worse at Nebraska than I've ever been at any other time of my life," he said. "But I know how I am now. I think if teams really look at how I am now more so than the past, they'll see I'm making strides to get better, as a person and as a player.
"I don't wake up every day saying, I'd really love to go smoke. It's not a struggle for me every day (now), it really isn't. In the past, hell yeah, it's been a struggle. It really has been."
Some experts have Gregory going as high as fifth overall to the Washington Redskins. The positive tests may make some teams rethink taking him in so early in the draft.
"Am I worried? Yeah, I'm worried," Gregory said. "At the same time, I'm confident. I know I'm going to be all right in the end.
"Obviously this is new news -- that I failed the test at the combine -- but the fact that I've smoked in the past isn't a mystery," he added. "I've had conversations with (NFL) coaches. I believe we all have an understanding of why I did it. But I feel like I'm improving. I know I am."
Gregory understands that another positive test could damage, if not end his NFL career. He has a strong support system that includes former NFL head coach Herm Edwards who will be mentoring him.
"[Marijuana] could end my career," Gregory said. "This incident right now is a step toward ending my career. The last thing I want to do is fail another drug test and be out of the league."