Missouri outside linebacker Shane Ray, a top draft prospect, is in trouble with the law after being cited for misdemeanor possession of marijuana.
Ray was one of the Ravens' predraft visitors, according to sources. He drew praise from coach John Harbaugh during a news conference about the draft.
Ray wasn't arrested, but was issued a citatiion for possession of 35 grams or less of marijuana, failure to drive in the right lane of the highway and issued a warning for speeding. Ray was cooperative and not impaired, according to Missouri police.
Ray issued a statement:
"I'd like to apologize to my Mother, Fans and prospective NFL teams for my poor judgment Monday morning," Ray said. "I am embarrassed and realize there are consequences for my actions. I was not under the influence nor impaired, therefore I was not detained. Fortunately, Monday's incident only resulted in a citation. I will make better choices in the future.
"It is imperative that I continue to strive to better myself. My future NFL career has been something I have always dreamed about and is very important to me. I commit that my actions will represent that. There are no excuses here and I will take the necessary steps to ensure this will not happen again. I will not jeopardize my ability to have a positive impact on and off the field moving forward."
Despite the timing of the incident, Ray is still not expected to fall to the Ravens' No. 26 overall pick.
"We had a conversation about Shane Ray, which is kind of intriguing," Harbaugh said during the Ravens' predraft news conference. "We both like him. What jumps out, first of all, is his motor, right? This guy has an unbelievable motor. He’s going to get plenty of NFL sacks just because he’s going to keep coming relentlessly.
"And then he’s a leverage rusher with subtle speed to work the edges. He can work the edge of an offensive tackle like few other guys. So he’s an interesting guy."
The Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Year also met with the Ravens at the NFL scouting combine.
Ray is one of the top pass rushers available. As a defensive end in college, he had 14.5 sacks and 22.5 tackles for losses last season, with two forced fumbles.
Ray didn't work out at the combine because of a foot injury. At his campus Pro Day workout, he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.64 seconds and bench-pressed 225 pounds 21 times. He also posted a 33-1/2 inch vertical leap and a 10-foot broad jump.
Ray's father, Wendell Ray, was a fifth-round pick of the Minnesota Vikings in 1981.