We’re finally closing in on the draft, after talking about it for weeks. The Ravens are stocked with 10 picks, so in the coming days, I’ll examine 10 important questions for them leading up to the draft
Here’s question No. 7
Will the Ravens draft edge rusher Randy Gregory if he’s available at No. 26
Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti thinks a pass rusher is one of the team’s biggest needs. The Ravens lost Pernell McPhee and his 7½ sacks last season to the Bears during free agency. The Ravens’ top two pass rushers, Elvis Dumervil and Terrell Suggs, or both on the plus side of 30 years old.
Gregory was one of the country’s top pass rushers at Nebraska, but his stock has fallen since failing a drug test at the combine. Gregory said he tested positive for marijuana. Now there’s talk Gregory could go almost anywhere from No. 10 to No. 32.
“What I think it really becomes, it’s an organizational call,” NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock said during a Thursday conference call. “You’ve got top 10 talent. And if you’re going to pull the string with him at 16 or 32 or 48, because of the well known off-the-field issues, you’ve got to get ownership to buy in and you’ve to get ownership buy in and you’ve got to have coaching staff that understands what they’re going to have to do to provide an infrastructure to help this kid succeed.”
Do the Ravens pick Gregory, a talented player at a position of need, but risk more off-the-field problems? If Gregory is still on the board at No. 26, it’s going to be an interesting call.