NFL draft analyst Mike Mayock thinks the Saints could draft Randy Gregory _lowres

Randy Gregory (AP photo/Nati Harnik)

Randy Gregory very well might end up the best pass rusher to come out of next week’s draft.

He also might become a cautionary tale.

There’s no question the Nebraska pass rusher is one of the more talented players in this draft class, but off-field concerns, which includes a failed drug test at February’s scouting combine, could cause him to drop well into the first round.

At some point, some team is going to determine that his talent is too great to pass up and pull the trigger, and NFL Network’s Mike Mayock believes New Orleans could be the team to take the plunge.

“In my head he could go 13 or 31 to New Orleans,” the draft analyst said during a conference call. “But these are the kind of deals where teams keep it real quiet, they don’t let anybody know. They get their owners to buy off.”

As Mayock points out, the whole organization will have to sign off for a team to take a chance on Gregory. New Orleans began the vetting process earlier this month by bringing Gregory in for a visit.

Once a team drafts him, Mayock believes that team will have to provide a certain infrastructure to help him success.

“If we get him later in the first round or the second round, we’ve got an All-Pro talent that if we provide him with everything he needs, maybe we get it out of him and we mitigate that boom/bust conversation,” Mayock said.