Dec 27, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers defensive end Randy Gregory (4) looks on before the game against the USC Trojans in the 2014 Holiday Bowl at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
35. Randy Gregory, DE (Nebraska)
I am not a fan of Gregory, but I see the acceleration and length that gets everybody excited about him as a pass rusher. Many have Gregory as a top 25 talent, I don’t. It is hard to spend a first round draft pick on an undisciplined defensive end, with a narrow frame that is incredibly raw.
Let’s start with the good. Gregory has incredible acceleration and prototypical length. He has the ability to make quarterbacks quake in their pads. Gregory was a star at Nebraska for a reason.
Now let’s balance this with the bad. Gregory is a raw football player. He doesn’t explode off the line of scrimmage with a timely first step. He isn’t a great player on the edge against the run. Gregory failed a drug test at the NFL Combine, a drug test that he knew was coming way in advance. This with his lack of polish and technique make me wonder if he really cares.
Gregory has a really high ceiling. I just won’t get in line to draft him until the second round.
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