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Could Gregory Fall in Cowboys' Lap at No. 27?

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    11 Randy Gregory, Outside Linebacker/Defensive End, Nebraska 6-foot-5, 245 pounds Gregory is a guy that is going to have a lot of teams interested in him. He can play outside linebacker in a 3-4, and he’s just as adept at putting his hand on the ground and playing as an exterior pass rusher in a 4-3 defense. He would need to bulk up if teams were going to use him as a defensive end regularly, but he has the potential to be the best pass rusher in a draft full of great ones. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)

    Randy Gregory is having a bit of a rough go right now.

    The Nebraska defensive lineman, who is considered a top-notch player projected in the top part of the first round of April's draft, is facing scrutiny after it came out that he tested positive for marijuana at the NFL scouting combine in February.

    Gregory tried his best to get out ahead of the situation, admitting to smoking pot — tons of it, in fact — but not since December. NFL teams, on the other hand, are reportedly growing concerned about Gregory's off-field issues, which could lead to him slipping in the draft and perhaps even to the Dallas Cowboys with the No. 27 pick in the first round.

    Drafting Gregory from a football perspective would be huge, as he'd be a huge upgrade on the defensive line and could be paired with newly signed Greg Hardy to instantly flip the Cowboys' defensive line from a group of no-names who try hard to an elite unit.

    But Gregory's past with weed go way back, all the way back to early in his college career, and he's admitted to having a problem with the drug. Give him credit, he's being (or at least seems to be) up front with everything, but according to DallasCowboys.com, "several" NFL teams are showing a growing concern about drafting him early.

    Ultimately, drafting Gregory doesn't make a ton of sense because they drafted defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence last year and signed Hardy, but it's not like Hardy playing a significant role is a slam dunk given his looming discipline from the NFL and his loose cannon nature and the fact the Cowboys can cut him and really not lose anything.

    It'll be interesting to see how far Gregory falls, if at all, and if the Cowboys pull the trigger if he's sitting there at No. 27.