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Bucs selected Nebraska WR Kenny Bell with the No. 162 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Bell (6'1/197) left Nebraska as the school's all-time leader in receptions (181) and receiving yards (2,689), averaging 14.9 YPR with 21 TDs. He was voted first-team All-Big Ten as a senior by the conference's coaches. Bell shredded the Combine, running 4.42 with a 41.5-inch vertical and 6.66 three cone. Matt Waldman's favorite player in the 2015 draft, Bell is a feisty competitor who plays the game with extreme aggressiveness and flashes special route-running ability. Similar to Kenny Stills, Bell could prove a steal despite generating relatively little fanfare inside the draft community.
May 2 - 3:05 PM

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

Lions selected Nebraska RB Ameer Abdullah with the No. 54 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Abdullah (5'9/205) parlayed 813 career carries into 4,588 yards (5.64 YPC) and 39 touchdowns for Nebraska, adding 73 receptions. Although Abdullah is long-speed deficient (4.60), he registered the highest SPARQ score among running backs at the Combine, and offers an elite combination of lateral agility and lower-body explosion. He was one of the best all-around football players we viewed on tape, running inside with determined decisiveness. He has future feature back potential if he cleans up his pass pro and ball security after fumbling 24 times in college. If it comes together, Abdullah can be a more elusive version of Ray Rice. As a rookie, he'll battle Theo Riddick to pick up Reggie Bush's pass-catching slack opposite Joique Bell.
May 1 - 9:06 PM

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

Nebraska RB Ameer Abdullah was compared by two personnel men to Giovani Bernard, who he shares size and speed numbers with.

"They ended up drafting Jeremy Hill last year because they wanted a guy to run really hard between the tackles," one scout said. "Bernard's really tough in a spread offense on screens, draws and receiver stuff in space. Abdullah will be the same thing. He runs excellent routes, has great ball skills and instincts. He's fumbled the ball too much (24) but some weren't his fault. His game translates well to the zone scheme in the NFL." Abdullah had the best vertical jump (42 inches), broad jump (10-10) and reps on the bench press (24) amongst the runners. "I think he has more of a chance than [Melvin] Gordon," a second scout said. "He's like LeSean McCoy. He can break you down and make you miss. He can beat a linebacker one on one. He needs more work in pass pro." A third scout disagreed: "I'm not sold on him," he said. "Little. Not a good blocker."
Apr 29 - 3:40 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.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 27 - 2:06 PM

Nebraska RB Ameer Abdullah's "elusiveness is the best of any player in this class," writes ESPN's Todd McShay.

McShay ranks Abdullah as the second-best player in space in this class (behind WR Tyler Lockett). "His stop-start ability is outstanding, making defenders miss and then accelerating again as though he never lost momentum," McShay wrote. "He also stands out as the best in this class for his ability to weave in and out of creases. Some guys have elite agility but don't feel the holes in time, and others can anticipate openings but don't have the quickness to exploit them. Abdullah has a rare combination of both skills." The analyst wrote previously that he envisions Abdullah being deployed as the Bengals use Gio Bernard with Jeremy Hill. "There were so many times I'd watch Abdullah on tape when he'd be going full speed and then stop on a dime to make a sharp lateral or diagonal cut without having to gear down," McShay wrote. "Not many guys in the NFL can do that. He's a threat as a pass-catcher and as a returner as well."
Apr 27 - 2:19 AM

Nebraska RB Ameer Abdullah "never overpower defenses because of his small stature, but he is an extremely competitive player who runs angry," writes ESPN's Todd McShay.

"His ideal fit is with a team that has another back who can play more of the short-yardage power role, which allows him to be more of a change-of-pace type who can make plays with his elite lateral agility and ability to get in and out of creases and avoid defenders," McShay wrote. The analyst envisions Abdullah being used as the Bengals use Gio Bernard with Jeremy Hill, adding that the Cornhusker is also a good receiver out of the backfield. The 5-foot-8, 205-pound Abdullah has explosive potential as a runner.
Apr 26 - 6:48 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

ESPN's Todd McShay wrote that he "love[s] the way" Nebraska RB Ameer Abdullah "plays the game."

"He's only 5-foot-9 and 205 pounds, but he is an aggressive runner between the tackles who fights for extra yardage after initial contact, and he's fearless in taking on bigger defenders in pass protection," McShay wrote. "He doesn't project as a workhorse back in the NFL due to his size, and he's had ball-security issues in college, but he plays a lot bigger than his frame indicates; he just runs angry, as though he's on a mission." Abdullah's is tiny (5-foot-8 5/8), has small hands (8 5/8 inches) and doesn't have sprinter speed (4.60 seconds), but he is incredibly athletic and shifty. "The way he works in and out of creases, exploiting his exceptional quickness to make defenders miss, really stands out," wrote McShay. "Lastly, you won't find many players with better football character. You want this guy in your locker room."
Apr 22 - 9:01 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

CBS Sports' Pete Prisco calls Nebraska WR Kenny Bell "a lean receiver who put up good numbers at Nebraska without having a real talented passing quarterback throwing to him."

"He is a little thin at 6-1, 195 pounds, but he has good speed and ran a 4.42 at the NFL Scouting Combine," Prisco wrote. Nebraska wide receivers coach Rich Fisher said last week that Bell is "flying under the radar." We don't disagree. Bell has a 41.5-inch vertical. "His second gear and physicality as a blocker for his size stands out," one AFC scout said. We compare Bell to a Kenny Stills-type and think he could go in Round 3.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 21 - 11:50 PM


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