Randy Gregory   DE/OLB   Nebraska

TALENT BOARD ROUND 1

STRENGTHS
Randy is a mature pass rushing Defensive End whose effort on every play is excellent. He is a trusted teammate and willingly, as well as successfully, plays within the context of his teamís defensive game plan. His techniques to play the run are solid; his mature pass rushing skills and pure athletic talent will allow him to play at the next level in multiple styles of defenses and positions. He has the athletic ability to play OLB in a 3-4 defense or defensive end in a 4-3 defense. Randy changed the line of scrimmage to his advantage on every play. He is double and triple-teamed when an opponent wants to run to his side. He is smart and shows leadership through his play on the field. In tight games, he always makes a play in the fourth quarter when his team needs him to step up. He has those long spider-like arms and legs that allow him to make up ground quickly and disrupt plays in the backfield when other linemen are still just trying to shed and make a play. Thatís why I call him Randy (Spiderman) Gregory. As the song says, ďSpiderman, Spiderman does whatever a spider canÖĒ; Randy spins a web, any size and catches QBís just like flies.

CONCERNS
In spite of excellent techniques that he uses against the run because of his build, Randy can get washed out on running plays to his side. He needs to get bigger and stronger, but that will happen once he is on an NFL team and gets into optimal workout regimen.

BOTTOM LINE
You donít find many pass rushers that play the run with the mature techniques that Randy uses coming out of college. He is a complete player with the size, strength and athletic talent to play more one position on your defense. His effort on every play is outstanding and reminds me of Texans JJ Watt. His style of play and body build reminds me of the Giantsí Jason Pierre-Paul when he first came out to the NFL. But the truth is Randy uses more mature techniques right now than either of those players used when they first came out of college in the draft. So Randyís upside will be more physical than technique-wise, which means Randy will impact very quickly for the team that selects him in this draft. His ability to play both the run and pass rush equally well is the reason for a short LTI and, although his explosion of the line of scrimmage seems to be lacking at times, donít be fooled into thinking he canít speed rush also when needed. On my board Randy is one of the top ten players in this draft and could easily be selected as the first player in this draft. Spiderman, Spiderman, does whatever a spider can. And thatís exactly what Randy does on the field during a game -- anything he can to make a play.

Drew Boylhart
DEC/2014