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Randy Gregory | Defensive End

Team: Nebraska Cornhuskers
Age / DOB:  (22) / 11/23/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 255

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Nebraska edge rusher Randy Gregory is a better prospect than 2014 No. 1 overall pick Jadeveon Clowney, according to NFL Films' Greg Cosell.
"He's a better athlete than Clowney. He's more flexible. He's more explosive in his movement," Cosell said. "Clearly, not as strong. Clowney could get inside and push back, but Clowney did not have the loose hips that this guy does. Gregory's a much more explosive mover, a much looser athlete." After what happened over the course of Clowney's injury-wrecked rookie campaign in Houston, it's easy to forget that some believed he was one of the most talented defenders to ever enter the league. Cosell, who calls Gregory a "definite" top-10 pick, clearly believes the Nebraska product is in the same league. We love Gregory's skills -- Josh Norris ranks him as the top disruptor in this class -- but his issues in keeping on weight are a bit alarming. The spindly 6-foot-5, 235-pounder dropped to 218 pounds just after the college season ended. Gregory said it's easy for him to gain and lose weight, but he must prove it at the next level by staying around 250. Feb 25 - 7:02 PM

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Nebraska edge player Randy Gregory is "better than Ziggy Ansah," an NFL scout said.

"He'll be pretty good," the scout said. "I think he could stand up, too." Gregory posted 17.5 sacks and 29 tackles for loss over two seasons at Nebraska. "He's a run-around guy," another scout said. "Athletic. Can chase things down. I can't see him playing the point real well. He's not that big. (Wisconsin's Rob) Havenstein did a hell of a job against him."
Feb 23 - 12:43 AM

NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock said Saturday, "I think it's the best edge class we've had since 2011."

"'12 and '13 weren't that great," Mayock said. "There's a whole class of guys down for the second, third and forth rounds coming off the edge, too, that I think are going to be fun." This class is headlined by studs such as Randy Gregory, Shane Ray and Dante Fowler. The '11 class, for point of reference, featured J.J. Watt, Von Miller and Aldon Smith at the top.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 22 - 4:38 PM

Nebraska EDGE Randy Gregory ran a 1.60 10 yard split on his "unofficial" 4.57 forty at the NFL Combine.

Gregory's weight and density is a question at 6'4 7/8" with 34 " arms. It will be a major question teams have about Gregory, but he has said he can gain and lose weight quickly. It should not prevent him from being successful. Gregory has a lot of functional strength for his size, when used effectively.
Feb 22 - 11:07 AM

Nebraska Edge player Randy Gregory arrived for pre-Combine training at 218 lbs, according to Tony Pauline.

Gregory measured in Indy at 238 lbs. Just the fact that Gregory was down to 218 at some point in the last year is worrisome, as teams will question if he can keep weight on. He already is the lightest prospect in the DL group. He might not fit teams' minimums for their scheme.
Feb 20 - 11:43 AM

If Nebraska edge rusher Randy Gregory "can hit the mid-to-high 30s [in the vertical jump], he'll be showing that athleticism that has made him one of the top-rated players available this year," observed NFL Media analyst Charles Davis.

"Gregory is looking to emerge as the consensus top edge player in this year's draft, and he has some tough competition in Dante Fowler, Jr., and Shane Ray," Davis wrote. "He can help himself in that effort by showing off the leg drive that a lot of great pass rushers possess, but he'll hurt himself if he doesn't show that explosiveness and twitch that teams are looking for." Last season, Ryan Shazier led all combine participants with a 42-inch vertical, a ludicrous number.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 19 - 5:54 PM

NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock hopes Nebraska EDGE player Randy Gregory can "put another 15 or 20 pounds on in the next couple of years."

"At 6-6, 240, I would hope that he can put another 15 or 20 pounds on in the next couple of years," Mayock said during his three-hour teleconference on Monday "You'd love to see him at 260 or so, so he can be a little more physical. That's where he needs to get better." Moving forward, the Nebraska prospect will need to add more weight to his frame and improve his technique as a pass rusher. Gregory is currently working with (former NFL defensive end) Chuck Smith, who is teaching him the tricks of the trade. At this time, our own Josh Norris considers Gregory to be the top defensive disruptor in this class.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 17 - 4:06 PM

One NFL scout believes there are similarities between Nebraska EDGE player Randy Gregory and Dion Jordan.

"He does flash. You'll see him make a play and go 'wow' and then he won't do anything else the rest of the game," the scout said. "To me he's still a work in progress." Jordan's best trait at Oregon was the versatility he brought to a defense thanks to his movement skills and coverage ability. Gregory is strictly an edge rusher, and a better one than Jordan was coming out of school. Needless to say we do not share this comparison. Gregory does have a sporadic get off, but he also has better hand use and intent than given credit for.
Source: NJ.com
Feb 12 - 12:49 PM

Nebraska edge rusher Randy Gregory wrote that he thinks he's "worthy of the No. 1 pick."

"I think I'm worthy of the No. 1 pick. I would hope anybody in the draft would want to be the No. 1 pick. I know how I am as a player. I know my potential. I know what I can do. I know what I bring to a team. And I understand that this position is a premium," Gregory wrote in a weekend diary entry for USA Today. Gregory has been on a P.R. rampage in recent days. He said a few days ago that he thinks his best NFL fit is as a 3-4, pass-rushing linebacker. "Everyone wants someone that can get to the quarterback. Everyone wants a quarterback. Everyone wants a left tackle that can block that guy that wants to get to the quarterback," his diary continued. "I understand the game and where it's headed, and I understand that there's a big need, a big demand. I definitely think I'm worthy. And I definitely think I'll show that at the combine and when I get out there in the NFL." The 6-foot-6, 255-pound edge rusher is a projected Top-10 pick.
Source: USA Today
Feb 9 - 9:21 PM

Nebraska edge rusher Randy Gregory thinks his best NFL fit is as a 3-4, pass-rushing linebacker.

"I like standing up," Gregory said. "It serves my body better, my physical traits better, being able to see the play form and stay in an athletic stance and make plays. At the same time, if a 4-3 team comes around, I feel I can help them and play that spot." The 6-foot-6, 255-pound edge rusher is a projected Top-10 pick in April. Even so, not everyone sees a lock in that range. ESPN's Mel Kiper notes that there are "some raw elements" to Gregory's game and thinks he "could slide a bit." Gregory has been working on his bench press in anticipation of the combine. "I will tell you everyone is not expecting for me to probably to do too well on (the bench press), but I think I'm going to surprise some folks," he said. "I know I am, actually." His goal is 20 reps.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 7 - 10:09 PM

Nebraska DE Randy Gregory "may never be as big as Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, but he has drawn favorable comparisons because of his length and athletic ability," wrote ESPN.com's Steve Muench.

"Listed at 6-foot-6 and 245 pounds, he explodes off the ball, bends the edge fairly well and closes in a hurry," Weidl wrote. "If offensive tackles over-set in an effort to take away the outside, he has the active hands and lateral quickness to work back inside. He's even shown the ability to shake and slip interior offensive linemen when he has rushed inside." The analyst is slightly concerned about Gregory's medical history, which includes a lost 2012 to a broken leg. In the end, though, the talent is undeniable. "There's also a lot to like about Gregory's length," he added. "He can press offensive tackles when he transfers speed to power and he's capable of stripping the ball when they try to ride him past the quarterback. The one area he can improve upon -- and this is true for a lot of defensive line prospects -- is the ability to counter when he doesn't win with his first move. It's not for lack of effort."
Feb 4 - 10:29 PM

Nebraska redshirt junior DE Randy Gregory ranks as NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah's No. 2 overall prospect.

"Gregory lined up at defensive end for Nebraska, and split his time standing up and in a three-point stance," Jeremiah wrote. "He has a long, lean frame and outstanding first-step quickness. As a pass rusher, he explodes upfield and has the ability to bend the edge and flatten to the quarterback. After he has a few wins with his speed, he likes to stutter at the top of his rush before attacking with a bull rush. He has plenty of snap in his hands and hips. Against the run, he effectively stacks blockers over his nose but does get washed on occasion by angle blocks. He needs to add some weight but he has all of the tools to be a dominant pass rusher at the next level." CBS Sports' Dane Brugler, who ranks Gregory No. 8 overall, had the Nebraska product landing with the Titans at the No. 2 pick in his latest mock draft. ESPN's Mel Kiper notes that the 6-foot-6, 255-pound edge rusher has some "some raw elements" to his game.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 2 - 11:57 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler has Nebraska redshirt junior DE Randy Gregory landing with the Tennessee Titans, with the No.2 pick in his latest mock draft.

"Despite quarterback looking like a need on the roster, the Titans seem willing to give 2014 rookie Zach Mettenberger a full season to be the starter. If Tennessee passes on a passer and goes best player available, that might lead them to Gregory, who could take over for Derrick Morgan as a standup rush end in Ray Horton's 3-4 defense," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-6, 255-pound edge rusher is a projected Top-10 pick in April. Even so, not everyone sees a lock in that range. ESPN's Mel Kiper notes that there are "some raw elements" to Gregory's game and thinks he "could slide a bit." At this time, our own Josh Norris considers Gregory to be the top defensive disruptor in this class.
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 2 - 3:57 PM

Nebraska redshirt junior DE Randy Gregory ranks as CBS Sports' Dane Brugler's No. 8 overall prospect.

"Although functional strength and durability are question marks, Gregory is an above average athlete at the position with terrific change of direction skills and burst," Brugler wtites. The 6-foot-6, 255-pound edge rusher is a projected Top-10 pick in April. Even so, not everyone sees a lock in that range. ESPN's Mel Kiper notes that there are "some raw elements" to Gregory's game and thinks he "could slide a bit." Rotoworld's Josh Norris considers Gregory to be the top defensive disruptor in this class.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 29 - 2:56 PM

NFL.com's Lance Zierlein believes Nebraska redshirt junior DE Randy Gregory is "not even in the same breath as Shane Ray as pass rusher right now."

"Spent last 2 hours watching tape of Randy Gregory. Physical traits galore, but not even in same breath as Shane Ray as pass rusher right now," Zierlein tweeted. The 6-foot-6, 255-pound edge rusher is a projected Top-10 pick in April. Even so, not everyone sees a lock in that range. ESPN's Mel Kiper notes that there are "some raw elements" to Gregory's game and thinks he "could slide a bit." At this time, our own Josh Norris considers Gregory to be the top defensive disruptor in this class.
Jan 7 - 2:37 PM