Nebraska LB Randy Gregory will be visiting the San Diego Chargers this week.
Nebraska LB Randy Gregory will visit the San Diego Chargers this week, according to Michael Gehlken. The team scheduled the meeting with Gregory after the results were released about his failed drug test from the combine. He has a problem with smoking weed and the issue haunted him during the combine. The Chargers now have a chance at picking him up with the 17th selection now that he has failed his drug test though.
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Just looking at his football skills might make you push that distraction to the side. It would be a risk to take him in the first round with the known issue, but he can play some football. He is a top 10 selection if you just look at what he can do on the field. He has the ability to disrupt plays in the backfield and could be a perfect fit in the Chargers scheme on defense.
If he is available with the 17th pick, the Chargers will have to strongly consider if he will be able to contribute to the team. That is what the meeting will be about. It will be the team’s evaluation on Gregory to see if this mistake will be an issue in the future. If Tom Telesco believes that he can move past this recent mistake, then the team will pick him up and add him onto the defense.
Gregory would likely be competing for a starting job with the Chargers defense and would likely win the job. He would be competing with Jerry Attaochu for the starting outside linebacker position. Attaochu was selected high in the 2nd round for the Chargers last season, but still has yet to prove his ability on the field. He had a great game to open the season, but struggled with injuries after that game and he wasn’t able to contribute to the defense in the way that he had hoped. Gregory would give him strong competition.
The Chargers also lost Jarret Johnson and Dwight Freeney this offseason and will need to find some depth and playmakers at linebacker. The Chargers would find plenty of snaps for Gregory to get on the field. He has the ability to get in the backfield to blow up plays. He would be an immediate impact player for the Chargers defense. He would help this team create more turnovers.
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