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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

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.
Source: NJ.com
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

Nebraska WR Kenny Bell is scheduled to visit the Colts this week, according to Ross Jones.

This is the first visit we have seen for Bell, who is gaining more positive buzz. Matt Waldman was one of the first on Bell, who was scheduled to attend the East West Shrine game but passed. Bell has vertical speed, is fluid and makes adjusting catches near the sideline. A third round selection is possible.
Apr 16 - 10:03 AM

The Falcons put Nebraska RB Ameer Abdullah through a private workout, according to Ross Jones.

These is the first visit/workout buzz we have read regarding Ameer Abdullah. As Jones points out, Abdullah would be an outstanding fit in Kyle Shanahan's zone focused running scheme thanks to his explosive cuts and ability to make people miss at the second level. Expect the Falcons to look at running backs in the first three rounds.
Apr 16 - 9:21 AM

Nebraska RB Ameer Abdullah is an "athlete with phenomenal running ability, agility, acceleration and instincts and a leader in the locker room and the community," writes NFLDraftScout.com's Frank Cooney.

"But the medics must take a close look at Abdullah. He seemed to overcome a sprained left MCL against Purdue when, after a bye week, he appeared limited but played through the pain against Wisconsin and for the rest of the season," Cooney wrote. Abdullah's measurables are an eye-of-the-beholder proposition: He's small (5-foot-8 5/8), has small hands (8 5/8 inches) and doesn't have sprinter speed (4.60 seconds), but he aces basically every other test. This skill set manifests on the field, where Abdullah fumbles too much and can't block, but will take every yard he's given and then some. "Very correctable as long as you're practicing the same way you're going to do it in the game," said Abdullah when asked about concerns over his fumbling. "It's all about focusing on the three pressure points. Anyone who plays football knows what I'm talking about when I say that. Just practicing the same way every day, consistently holding the ball high and tight."
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 14 - 8:53 AM

Nebraska wide receivers coach Rich Fisher said WR Kenny Bell is "flying under the radar."

"The draft seems to be a lot about measurables: height, weight, size and speed," Fisher said. "But I would take Kenny Bell over any of those guys. He can run by you, but he can also block you at the point of attack on the perimeter. That's a tough combination especially when it comes to play action." That said, Bell's measurables are pretty impressive on their own. At 6-foot-1, 197 pounds, Bell runs a 4.42 40-yard dash and has a 41.5 inch vertical. "His second gear and physicality as a blocker for his size stands out," one AFC scout said. If he reaches his potential, Bell is going to be the next Kenny Stills.
Source: Fox Sports
Apr 13 - 8:04 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.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 13 - 7:28 PM


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