SHANE RAY (First-Round Pick, 23rd Overall in 2015 NFL Draft)
Another former Mizzou football player that had some legal problems prior to his draft was Shane Ray. Ray was found to be in possession of marijuana, which occurred not even a week before the 2015 NFL Draft was set to kick off.
While it hurts to see that Ray’s childhood team passed on him, he’s had success in Denver.
This cost Ray to plummet from a top 15 pick to the late first round, where the Denver Broncos eventually traded up to get him at pick 23. It ended up being a good fit for both sides, as Ray played in 14 games during 2015 and ended up winning a Super Bowl in his rookie season.
While it hurts to see that Ray’s childhood team passed on him, he’s had success in Denver. Winning a Super Bowl is obviously the biggest goal, but Ray has done well for himself on the field while with the Broncos.
He currently has 48 tackles, 12 sacks (including eight in 2016), and a fumble recovered for a touchdown. Ray saw eight starts last season and should end up being one of Denver’s scariest weapons on defense for years to come.