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Nebraska senior RB Ameer Abdullah rushed for 73 yards and added 40 receiving at the Senior Bowl to win MVP honors.

He averaged more than 10 yards per touch (seven carries, four catches). "Obviously I'm a running back so I'm going to run the football but I wanted just to show that I had more than one dynamic to my game," Abdullah said. The 5-foot-8, 198-pounder was celebrated for his impressive week in Mobile. He may not have the frame to pass block, and fumbling can sometimes be an issue, abut this offensive weapon currently appears ticketed for Day 2.
Jan 26 - 6:46 PM

Nebraska senior RB Ameer Abdullah's "terrific agility, balance and acceleration helped him stand out all week" at the Senior Bowl, according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"Leading the victorious North squad in rushing (73 yards) and receiving (four catches for 40 yards) for a game-high 113 all-purpose yards, Abdullah was named the 2015 Senior Bowl MVP. Abdullah's terrific agility, balance and acceleration helped him stand out all week and he rose to the occasion one last time," Rang wrote. The 5-foot-8, 198-pound Abdullah had an impressive week in Mobile, and could hear his name called on Day 2 of the draft.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 26 - 2:36 PM

Nebraska senior RB Ameer Abdullah "is by far the most explosive running back here in Mobile this week," according to Scout's Inc.

"He's undersized, as we expected (5-8, 198 pounds), and his ball security is an issue on tape," wrote Todd McShay, Steve Muench and Kevin Weidl. "But he is a natural pass-catcher who can snatch the ball out of the air, and even though he isn't a power between-the-tackles runner, he gets to and through the hole quickly. He runs angry." The 5-foot-8, 198-pound Abdullah has worked his way through a muddled RB class to find solid Day 2 footing.
Jan 24 - 5:02 PM

Nebraska senior RB Ameer Abdullah's "will be in the top-75 mix and possibly the top senior running back drafted due to his natural burst, balance and playmaking skills," wrote CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"However, his deficiencies in pass protection stand out on tape and were exposed again during Tuesday's practice," Brugler wrote. "He is willing and tough, but his 198-pound frame simply lacks the base strength or upper body power to control or stop rushers in their tracks. Abdullah is a versatile talent who is fun to watch run the rock, but it's clear his best role in the NFL is probably as a change of pace option where he won't be tasked with protecting the pocket." Brugler's colleague Rob Rang wrote Thursday that Abdullah "is the most exciting runner participating in the Senior Bowl." The 5-foot-8, 198-pound Abdullah has worked his way through a muddled RB class to find solid Day 2 footing. For now, anyway.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 22 - 6:19 PM

Nebraska senior RB Ameer Abdullah "is the most exciting runner participating in the Senior Bowl," according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"The 5-foot-8, 198-pound Abdullah is the most exciting runner participating in the Senior Bowl, routinely dazzling with his natural elusiveness and acceleration," Rang wrote. The Nebraska prospect possesses the kind of athleticism and speed that teams will fall in love with, at the next level. When given a crease during one play at Wednesday's practice, Rang notes that Abdullah "zipped through the line of scrimmage, leaving the North's slow-footed linebackers in his wake." Many consider Abdullah a top five, or even a top three, prospect at his position.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 22 - 3:24 PM

TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline notes that Nebraska senior RB Ameer Abdullah has "impressive burst in person" at the Senior Bowl.

"Ameer Abdullah/RB/Nebraska is fast even going half speed. Impressive burst in person," Pauline tweeted. The 5-foot-9, 200-pound Abdullah is quite the athlete, and has the kind of speed that teams will fall in love with, at the next level. Abdullah will have to sell teams on his blocking ability to improve his stock this week.
Jan 20 - 2:08 PM

Nebraska senior RB Ameer Abdullah's blocking will be scrutinized at the Senior Bowl, wrote CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"As Nebraska's all-time leader in all-purpose yardage, there is more than enough game film out there for scouts to evaluate Abdullah," Brugler wrote. "However, his performance in pass protection drills in Mobile will be a crucial part of his final draft grade. NFL teams know what Abdullah offers as an athlete, but his ability as a blocker will shape his role at the next level." A crucial week indeed for the 5-foot-9, 200-pound Abdullah, who finds himself in a stacked RB class which boasts, amongst others, Georgia's Todd Gurley, Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon, South Carolina's Mike Davis, Alabama's T.J. Yeldon, Indiana's Tevin Coleman, Miami's Duke Johnson, Boise State's Jay Ajayi and Florida's Matt Jones.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 19 - 10:17 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

Nebraska redshirt junior DE Randy Gregory's "long-term durability is something that will be debated among evaluators," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"He has a lean-muscled frame and his potential to bulk up and add muscle are concerns for scouts, leading to questions about his ability to match up physically in the trenches. Gregory was also routinely banged up in college and his long-term durability is something that will be debated among evaluators as well," 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." Brugler believes that Gregory will "compete with USC defensive lineman Leonard Williams to be the first defensive player drafted in April."
Source: CBS Sports
Tue, Dec 30, 2014 02:17:00 PM

Nebraska senior WR Kenny Bell will attend the East West Shrine game.

Bell might have the ceiling of a Kenny Stills, which is not a knock but he might not reach that caliber of player. Nebraska certainly did their best work in the running game in 2014, and Bell's quarterbacks won't get much better at this event.
Tue, Dec 30, 2014 10:59:00 AM

Nebraska redshirt junior DE Randy Gregory will enter the 2015 NFL Draft.

Rotoworld's Josh Norris considers Gregory to be the top defensive disruptor in this class, at least at this time. "People expected me to come out last season, but I knew I had more work to do," Gregory told ESPN's Josina Anderson. The Cornhusker certainly did improve this season, showing more hand use to counter once his initial momentum is stopped. He is a tremendous athlete with a great frame and improving technique.
Tue, Dec 30, 2014 09:16:00 AM

ESPN's Todd McShay writes that Nebraska redshirt junior DE Randy Gregory "is a fearsome pass-rusher who reminds me some of Jason Pierre-Paul."

"Both guys were junior college transfers with great length and freakish athletic gifts who can bend the edge and convert speed to power," he wrote. "Gregory is leaner than Pierre-Paul and will need to add strength to be able to hold up against the run at the next level, but he's already excellent at getting to the quarterback." The 6-foot-6, 240-pounder's stats regressed this season due to increased focus by opposing offensive coaches. He had 50 tackles -- 10 for loss -- seven sacks, and two blocked kicks in 2014 after posting 66 tackles -- 19 for loss -- and a Big Ten-leading 10.5 sacks in 2013. He's still likely to go in the top 10, perhaps the top five.
Mon, Dec 29, 2014 06:04:00 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang points out that USC called mostly quick-hit passes on Saturday to relieve their offensive line of having to block Nebraska redshirt junior DE Randy Gregory.

"The 6-foot-6, 240 pound JUCO transfer (Arizona Western Community College) sports a chiseled upper body but his thin legs leave him reliant on his agility when defending the run," Rang wrote. "Gregory has a terrific first-step, changes directions fluidly and has the balance and coordination to recognize and defeat cut blocks." Gregory posted 66 tackles -- 19 for loss -- and a Big Ten-leading 10.5 sacks in 2013. Due to injuries, offensive schemes designed to erase him, and double-teaming, Gregory finished with "only" 50 tackles -- 10 for loss -- seven sacks, and two blocked kicks in 2014. He's a top-five candidate in the spring.
Source: CBS Sports
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 05:24:00 PM

Nebraska senior RB Ameer Abdullah was mostly bottled up in Saturday's Holiday Bowl loss to USC, running for just 89 rushing yards on 27 carries.

He also scored a touchdown. The Trojans' coaching staff deserves a ton of credit for this wild, three-point win. On defense, the school keyed in on Abdullah and held the star RB to only 3.3 yards per rush. On offense, they charted out a quick-hit passing attack that neutralized star Husker DE Randy Gregory. We like the 5-foot-9, 200-pound Abdullah, but don't like his odds of getting taken in Round 2, or perhaps even Round 3. This stacked running back class includes Georgia's Todd Gurley, Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon, South Carolina's Mike Davis, Alabama's T.J. Yeldon, Indiana's Tevin Coleman, Miami's Duke Johnson, Boise State's Jay Ajayi and Florida's Matt Jones.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 04:54:00 PM

Nebraska interim head coach Barney Cotton confirmed that redshirt junior DE Randy Gregory will be full go for the Holiday Bowl versus USC.

The 6-foot-6, 255-pound Gregory, missed the Huskers’ final game of the season against Iowa with a concussion and dealt with a knee injury that limited him during non-conference play. Good news for the Cornhuskers, they finally have their premier pass rusher close to 100 percent for the first time since the beginning of the season. Gregory has been one of the best edge rushers in the country and has been talked up as a Top-10 pick in April.
Fri, Dec 26, 2014 03:11:00 PM


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