Expectations for NFL second round picks vary somewhere between All Pro and starter. Depending if you believe the NFL or the NFL Player's Association, an average NFL career lasts somewhere between three and six years. Tattoos, however, last forever. The discrepancy between a three year career and a lifetime tattoo did not impede Dallas second round pick Randy Gregory from getting the Cowboys logo inked onto his arm for eternity.
— Randy Gregory (@RandyGregory_4) May 5, 2015
So arguably the shakiest marriage from the 2015 NFL Draft between the Cowboys and Gregory is now permanently etched into the defensive lineman's forearm. Gregory rated as one of the best, if not the best, defensive prospects on the draft board, but slipped deep into the second round because of questions surrounding repeated positive tests for marijuana usage.
Gregory addressed his marijuana usage last week, saying, "I don't think it's a weed problem. I think it's decision making. I think I'm immature. I'm definitely working on that. I want to prove everyone wrong and I want to do it with this team. I think this is the best team I can do that with."
If decision making is a problem, this tattoo might be an example. Rarely does a player last an entire career with one NFL franchise. Icons like Peyton Manning and Joe Montana didn't last their whole career in one city. Even Cowboys icon Emmit Smith finished his career in Arizona.
For his part, in subsequent tweets Gregory explained his tattoo is about the beginning of his NFL journey. He certainly has the talent to last a long time in Dallas. Beyond that, questions remain.