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Randy Gregory | Defensive End

Team: Nebraska Cornhuskers
Age / DOB:  (23) / 11/23/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 255

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Cowboys selected Nebraska DE Randy Gregory with the No. 60 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.
The Cowboys stop Gregory's fall as they had a dire need off the edge after RE Greg Hardy's 10-game suspension. Based on talent alone, Gregory was a top-10 prospect in this class before off-field character issues torpedoed his stock. Gregory (6'5/235) spent two seasons as a Cornhusker after transferring from JUCO, earning first-team All-Big Ten in each year. He posted 17.5 career sacks and 29 tackles for loss. Gregory ran 4.64 at the Combine with a 36 1/2-inch vertical, showing burst in a 10-foot-5 broad jump. Long armed (34") and lean, Gregory is built like a cross between Jason Taylor and Leonard Little and can convert speed to power. He also held up well as a college run defender despite playing at around 220 last year. Gregory has loads of room for growth. He will enter the NFL already in the league's substance-abuse program after testing positive for marijuana at the Combine. May 1 - 9:18 PM

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ESPN's Todd McShay ranks Nebraska edge rusher Randy Gregory as the No. 1 available player heading into Day 2.

"He's the most physically gifted edge rusher in this class with outstanding first-step quickness and length, and surprising power given his lean frame," McShay wrote. "His inability to add and keep weight is a concern, as is his off-field history. He'll need to get stronger against the run. But he can be a difference-maker as a pass-rusher if he does what he needs to off the field." In an updated Day 2 mock draft, CBS Sports' Dane Brugler slots Gregory to the Washington Redskins at No. 38: "At some point in the second round, Gregory's talent becomes worth the risk and Washington could end up with a steal at this point."
May 1 - 2:27 PM

Nebraska edge rusher Randy Gregory noted that he was "extremely disappointed" on his slide out of the first, and said that he "didn't sleep last night" because he felt like he let his family down.

"Honestly, I'm extremely disappointed. I didn't sleep last night because I feel like I let my family down and the people who believe in me down, and I'm sorry for that," Gregory told Yahoo Sports. "But I'm going to use that as fuel. The franchise that drafts me won't have to worry about me off the field, but the teams that didn't select me will have to worry about me on the field." The Nebraska prospect has himself to blame for his slide and should be worried about getting drafted before making bold predictions. TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline recently noted that Gregory "would fall out of the first round and hinted it was more than just the marijuana issue reported several weeks back." Pauline had a 2nd/3rd round grade on Gregory and it seems like Pauline was right on the money with that prediction.
May 1 - 2:20 PM

TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline notes that he doesn't expect to hear Nebraska edge rusher Randy Gregory's name to be called on Thursday night.

"For the past two months I’ve stated during radio interviews, live stream videos and television appearances that Randy Gregory would fall out of the first round and hinted it was more than just the marijuana issue reported several weeks back," Pauline wrote. Pauline gave the Nebraska prospect a 2nd/3rd round grade in his rankings at the beginning of the month, and believes there may be more out there that the public is not hearing on Gregory. Pauline noted that he's hearing that Gregory could still land in the late part of round one to "the New Orleans Saints at pick 31 or the New England Patriots one selection later."
Apr 30 - 2:01 PM

ESPN NFL Insider Jon Gruden says that game film shows Nebraska edge rusher Randy Gregory can't stop the run and reminds us that "Melvin Gordon ran for 400 yards against Nebraska when Gregory was on the field."

"This bothers me when you are taking a guy in the top 10 or in the first round who gets stuck on blocks," Gruden wrote. "If I am coaching against Gregory, I want to tell our quarterback to stop the game, audible to 96 stretch, and run it right at No. 4 and see whether he can stop it." It isn't just Gregory's run defense that concerns Gruden. The analyst is also a little spooked by the failed drug test at the combine, his checkered collegiate career (committed to Purdue and had to go the JUCO route due to ineligibility) and struggled with injuries at Nebraska.
Apr 29 - 2:21 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein notes that Nebraska edge rusher Randy Gregory's "thin frame has some NFL personnel men concerned with how he will hold up as an edge setter against the run."

The Nebraska prospect's draft stock has taken a hit as of late, but if the explosive edge rusher can put it all together, on and off the field, a team could get an explosive player for a discount. Gregory looks like he could fall in the draft due to his off-field concerns, but Zierlein notes that Gregory could either be "a Pro Bowler or a complete bust" in the NFL.
Apr 27 - 2:06 PM

After discussions with NFL personnel staffers, Lance Zierlein believes Randy Gregory will be selected before Shane Ray.

This is on the heels of Lance noting many teams have concerns about Ray's foot and believe he needs surgery with a five month recovery. Gregory has his own noted "issues," but at least he can hit the field immediately. We would add that Gregory is the superior talent.
Apr 23 - 1:52 PM

An analytics director believes Nebraska edge rusher Randy Gregory is too risky to draft early.

"He has not produced in college for how he is being touted," the director said. He disagreed with SackSEER's projection, which compared Gregory to Leonard Little, Robert Mathis and Trent Cole. Gregory had only seven sacks last season. Mel Kiper ranks him No. 13 overall.
Apr 22 - 2:07 AM

ESPN's Todd McShay believes Nebraska edge rusher Randy Gregory "has the frame to play 4-3 defensive end if he can add and keep weight, but right now he's too lean for that at 238 pounds and projects as a 3-4 outside linebacker."

McShay has remained high on Gregory as some others have shied away, ranking the Cornhusker No. 11 overall. "He has excellent length and quickness, and he shows more power rushing the passer than many of his 250-260 pound counterparts. Based on game tape alone, Gregory is the best edge-rusher prospect in this class," McShay wrote. Gregory had a pre-draft visit with the Steelers on Thursday and will next visit Tennessee.
Apr 18 - 4:23 PM

The Giants have not traded down in any round during Jerry Reese's time as GM, according to Jordan Raanan.

That is amazing. The Giants have only traded up three times and each only six or seven spots. The Giants "believe there are more than enough quality players in every draft, and it's just a matter of locating and landing them. Reese, a scout at heart, always seems to have someone in mind," Raanan writes. We love this philosophy. It is difficult to judge pick value sometimes, especially when targeting certain prospects and not wanting to miss out on selecting them due to a trade.
Apr 17 - 2:11 PM

Nebraska edge rusher Randy Gregory is having a pre-draft visit with the Steelers on Thursday and then plans to visit the Titans, according to NFL Media insider Ian Rapoport.

Although Gregory's stock has taken a slight hit, teams are starting doing their homework on the Nebraska prospect. Once thought as a lock for the top 5, there is a slight chance he could slide in the draft. The Titans, who hold the No.2 pick, could have interest in trading down with their selection. The possibility of snagging Gregory while acquiring more draft picks, could be a nice option. The Steelers, who need upgrades at the position, pick at No.22 and could utilize Gregory's skill-set off the edge.
Apr 16 - 2:03 PM

Per the readings of the situation by MMQB's Peter King and ESPN's Mel Kiper, Nebraska edge rusher Randy Gregory could still go high in Round 1 or he could tumble.

"There's no question that Gregory has seen his stock slide in recent weeks, as the question of how dependable he can be off the field gets tacked onto the question of whether his size will be an issue," wrote Kiper. The analyst wound up giving Gregory to the Saints at No. 13 in a recent mock draft. Gregory will be this year's "boom or bust guy," according to King. "Randy Gregory’s positive pot test and weighing 235 at the combine scared off many teams near the top of the draft -- but some of those teams, after due diligence, are feeling more comfortable with Gregory high in the round," he added.
Apr 13 - 7:28 PM

The Saints are hosting Nebraska edge rusher Randy Gregory this week, according to Mike Garafolo.

"Lots of visits for him, as teams are gathering as much info as possible," Garafolo writes. More and more big media members are saying Gregory's evaluation has steadied a bit after teams have met with him following a failed drug test. We doubt this type of behavior was a shock to teams. They have a ridiculous amount of information.
Apr 13 - 11:26 AM

Nebraska edge rusher Randy Gregory visited the Chargers on Saturday, according to Michael Gehlken.

Gregory is racking up the frequent flyer miles, and the abundance of travel makes sense: teams need to determine if they feel comfortable with a super talented prospect who might stay on the board longer than previously believed. Gregory would play a stand up edge rushing role for the Chargers.
Apr 12 - 10:03 AM

Nebraska edge rusher Randy Gregory is scheduled to visit the Steelers next week, according to Rand Getlin.

Perhaps no prospect has traveled more in recent weeks than Gregory, and for good reason. Teams knew there were questions around Gregory at Nebraska and even more were created once the edge rusher failed the Combine drug test. His talents warrant a top selection, but the unknowns might push Gregory down on draft day like it has for other prospects in the past.
Apr 11 - 10:07 AM