atljbo Posted January 13, 2016 Share Posted January 13, 2016 Atlanta didn’t draft Shane Ray because of . . . Michael Vick?By now you know the story, just days before the NFL draft, projected early first-round pick, Shane Ray was cited for marijuana possession on the freeway after being pulled over for driving in the left lane for too long. The citation made nationwide headlines, mostly for its proximity to the draft.Ray, who, of course, fell in the draft due to the run-in with the law and is now a Denver Bronco, opened up to BSN Denver’s Brandon Krisztal on the PTO Podcast this week about the incident and told an interesting story about his conversations with the Atlanta Falcons leading up to the draft.Atlanta held the eighth pick in the draft and Ray along with many others considered that a very likely destination for the pass rusher, but after the citation, things took an odd turn.“Atlanta was still calling me,” Ray told Krisztal. “I talked to Atlanta every day leading up to the draft and I told them the same story.”The story, as he tells it, is that he was pulled over for spending too much time in the left lane, the cop said he smelled marijuana, Ray complied with the cop admitting there was marijuana, the cop cited him and he was on his way.Of course, the story took on a mind of its own, reports indicating that he was arrested, questions about whether he was an abuser of the drug etc., it was no longer just a marijuana possession citing on the outside.“A lot of people didn’t believe [my story],” Ray said, talking of those in the Falcons front office. “I was like, ‘Look, man, do I need to take a drug test right now? I’m cooperating completely, what is it you want me to do?'”Ray was asked to repeat the story to multiple Falcons officials, head coach, GM, owner and on, and on.“I told Atlanta, ‘You can drug test me right now’,” he reiterated. “I’ve told you what happened over and over again.”What the Falcons told Ray on the day before the draft is, well, interesting to say the least.“They were like, ‘You’re still our guy, it’s just the GM’,” Ray explained. “I couldn’t believe he said this, he was like, ‘The GM (Thomas Dimitroff), ever since what happened with Michael Vick, we just want to have a clean slate’.”Obviously, Ray ended up not being the Falcons guy, as they went with another outside linebacker in Vic Beasley out of Clemson. How much of that had to do with Shane Ray’s citation on the phantom connection the Falcons drew to Michael Vick, we’ll never know, but however much it is, is ridiculous.We’re talking about an incident that happened nearly 10 years ago involving the brutal killing of animals being compared with a guy having a few bucks worth of weed in his car. Think about that.Ray and Beasley both had four sacks in the regular season, Beasley doing it in 538 defensive snaps while Ray did it in just 341Listen man... Im good with Beasley .. I think he and Ray will be great pass rushers in this league in a couple of years but man..TD gotta chill out with this **** .. I hope to god this is what Mr.Blank means by redo some things in the Front office ... We dont need to draft bad guys but its stupid to take a guy of your board for a stupid mistake... I think we probably would have taken him in the 2nd round if he was there because coach Quinn was high on him.But TD has to fall back on this really strict no F up type rules... I remember in 2010 when Everson Griffen was in the draft ... TD said something like we know he was one of the better pass rusher in the league but he did not meet what we was looking for in other areas.... Yes he college i heard he could be a hand full at times but sometimes a guy just needs to grow up... Leslie Frazier help the guy grow up as a player and as a man..... Yes Everson Griffen is a crazy dude still ..lol.. But the man has not been in trouble and he is one of the better DE's in the league.This is not a Shene Ray or Beasley convo... I liked both alot .. This a GM being overly cautious at time... You will miss out on some talent and dog type personality a team needs Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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