Randy Gregory- OLB Nebraska 

6-7, 316, 34.3" Arms, 

10.5" Broad, 31" Vert,

(O 5.18), 4.62 SS, 8.01 3-C,

And Then I Got High.

By TOM

Gregory was a top seven lock in this Draft, and then he got high. The problem is that he admitted that it is a habitual problem that caused him to test positive for weed (at least twice at Nebraska) at the Combine. Why is that a problem? Because it gives him one strike and enters him into the NFL's I'm-too-dumb-to-not-smoke-weed-at-the-Combine program. Which also means one other positive test and he is one strike away from a four game suspension. Plus weed is the worst of the drugs, as far as staying in the bodies system. He claimed that he hadn't smoked weed for two or three months. And while I'm opposed to believing any words that come out of a habitual drug users mouth, his problem in not that it might be a lie. His problem is that it might be true.

He will be drug tested randomly every month, and weed can stay in the blood system for a month or more. If he habitually smoked weed to such an extent that it stayed in his blood system for three months than he is screwed. So either he lied about smoking weed before the Combine (and all habitual drug users lie about everything, but especially about using), or he smoked so much weed for so long that it stayed in his blood system for three months. Either way he is now walking on a razor thin line that has cut and destroyed too many potheads. He is the best passrusher in this Draft. And more remarkably he was also the best of the top five rushers against the run, before he got high.

I like the comparison to the other pothead Justin Houston. But he was a better than Justin Houston in college. Houston dropped into the 3rd Round for testing positive for weed at the Combine. I just want Gregory to drop to 32. That's not asking too much is it?

Sing With Me:

Defensive end Randy Gregory battled through an injury-plagued 2014 season to once again be one of the Big Ten’s most disruptive defensive forces. The 6-6, 245-pound Gregory earned first-team All-Big Ten honors for the second straight season for his play. Before he got high.

Gregory missed two games during the 2014 season, and saw very limited action in two others. Despite missing significant time, Gregory finished with 54 tackles, including a team-high seven sacks for 67 yards in losses. Gregory was third on the team with 10 tackles for loss and led the Huskers with 16 quarterback hurries. Before he got high.

Gregory has a knack for finding the football. In addition to his sacks, Gregory had an interception at Michigan State, forced a fumble and blocked a pair of field goals. His second blocked kick against Minnesota was returned by Nate Gerry for a touchdown. Before he got high.

With his seven sacks in 2014, Gregory increased his career sack total to 17.5 sacks, good for ninth on the NU career sacks list. Gregory is the only player on the list with less than three seasons in a Nebraska uniform. Before he got high.

Following the 2014 season, Gregory chose to enter the NFL Draft, forgoing his final season of collegiate eligibility. Because he got high-because he got high-because he got high.

Additional Notes:

He really has had some remarkable production in his two seasons at Nebraska. He spent two years at Arizona Western Community College. Then he came to Nebraska, really as a Junior. So he must have only played football for one season in JUCO, as he was considered a Sophomore in 2013. He didn't start three games in 2013, but still play in all 13. He garnered 10 Sacks, 18 Hurries, 19 TFL on 66 tackles, to go along with 1 INT, 1 PBU, 1 FF and 1 FR. His stats went down in 2014. But he didn't play in all 13 games like he did in 2013. He missed two games due to injury, and essential missed two more where he was officially "limited" and when he was clearly not playing at full strength. But he was still able to garner 7 sacks, 16 Hurries, 10 TFL, on 54 tackles, to go along with 2 blocked kicks, 1 INT, 3 PBU, and 1 FF. So even though he was slowed by injury in 2014 and missed essentially four games, you can read the stats and see that he was a much better player, especially against the pass last season.

It is amazing how he can run through traffic outside to hit the ball carrier. He really has taken it to another level this year. He can head up field reading run, see the Draw and sets the edge, and can still take down the RB when he tries to go outside. He can check the QB on the option, and still get in on the tackle of the RB. He is so quick and instinctual.

On the second play of the game against Michigan State he had a great Swim inside the OLT. The OLG had to double him and jam him backwards. However, Cook threw the ball to the other side as Gregory took off to that side. Valentine knock the ball up, and Gregory ran smoothly under it for a big INT. Every time I watch him he impresses me in different ways. He just looks like a 3-4 NFL OLB waiting to happen. He can set the edge, and then pull his way past the OLT with his hands on the Dive. On the forth play of the game for Michigan ST, they put two tight ends on his side, and he burst through both of them to pressure Cook untouched. That's when the doubles started. They started doubling him on runs to his side as well. He can get a little chip in on the TE, and still get pressure on the QB after being doubled at the Corner. He just hates quarterbacks. He charged through four rushers to dive in the air at the QB without a chance to hit him. You have to hate QBs to dive over your guys like that. 

He will drop into coverage sometimes, usually from a stand up position. In fact, I do not remember him dropping once he put his hand in the dirt. He has the hands to shrug the blocker off at the point and grab the RB. Maybe not consistently, but he fights inside against the run. Plays the QB very well in the Option. Looks like he hurt his neck against Minnesota. He put his helmet into Cobb on a goal line run and wilted to the turf. It was a scary moment. Gregory is tough kid. He plays through pain and injury. Second game I saw him get injured and comeback in and play well.

He uses his hands nicely at the LOS in the run game. Nice long arms to keep blockers off. He was a little subdued against USC early. Understands his responsibilities in the 3-4, and if he has the backside he holds his position. I think he plays better on the strongside. He does a nice job tracking the RB on inside runs, and takes a nice angle to tackle him when he gets through the LOS. He is a relentless rusher. He will get knocked down by the double team, and still try to leap frog to the QB from the ground.

He continued to set the edge nicely against Wisconsin. He does a nice job getting his hands up and into blockers when holding the point. Excellent second burst to QB after he reads run on the play action. He will stand up to rush sometimes, which is important as he does look like a prototype 3-4 OLB. He seems to instinctually set the edge on run plays every time. Nice little Rip as he bursts around the corner. So tough for ORT's to grab him as he burst past them. Great lean with both hands on the OLT. Looks to me like he rushes better standing up sometimes. He will rush both ways. Slows sometimes to read run. He is the guy the OG turns and doubles whenever he can. Big 12 defensive player of the year in 2013. Reads the run well, and can hop inside on the RB while holding off the OLT.

Even More Additional Notes against Miami:

He gets a ton of attention. He gets chipped regularly by the RB. He rushes from the strongside as well, and sometimes looks better turning the corner on the ORT. He can get doubled at the point, toss one blocker off his body, and get in on the tackle. He likes to keep his distance in the rush, and use his hands to slap off the blockers hands. He can use his long arms and burst to put the OLT on skates and jam him into the QB. He will also drop in Odd fronts. He uses his length nicely to set the edge against the off tackle runs. He can hold up that OLT nicely, and still get his hands on the RB. Which is an accomplishment against Flowers.

Nice shoulder shove around the Corner as well. Heavy hands for a long tall thin guy. Tough to run at him. He can dive on the RB as he tries to sneak by nicely. Always keeps his hands moving, slapping, and shoving in rush. He got cheap-shotted and beat up a little by the Miami ORT. He got up limping, and came out on the next play and bulled the big guy back into the backfield and got a hand on Duke Johnson. He couldn’t stop him, but I thought that was an important toughness moment for him. When they don’t block him he can slash inside and get the RB behind the LOS with nice aggression. Clutch guy who makes plays when his team needs him most.

Randy Gregory Vs Miami:

With all the pot smoking stuff that is going on I though it would be good to take another look at Gregory. This was the game that sold me on Gregory. Which is not a surprise as it was his best statistical game as well. But he also showed his toughness. He clearly reinjured his bad knee a little, and fought through it and the ORT a few times.

With Gregory it all starts with his elite blast off (:01). I think he was born to be a 3-4 OLB (:10). He runs into big Flowers big mitts (:22). He will go into a 4-point stance sometimes. This rush shows why people think he is great, and what his biggest flaw is. He has some heaviness in his hands. He uses his blast off to put speed to power. Watch the jabs with both hands. He jams his right hand into Flowers and knocks him off balance a little. Than punishes him with his inside hand (:30). He is very light. He was 235 at the Combine, and 238 at his Proday. When the OLG comes over and double teams him with a vicious blindside shove, he goes down fast.

He is so good against the run for a guy his size. He gets the inside shoulder of Walford on the short yardage play and gets in front of the RB (:38). He looks like a 3-4 OLB. He has great quick feet. He uses his feet to hop through the cut block by Flowers, but then watch the slick move past the OG as well. He is such a great athlete (:46). He can get to the QB from either side. He lines up as the left D-End (1:11). He uses his blast off to get the ORT in trouble. Then he punches the ORT's arm off, and swings his arm around to club his hands down. He is so smooth turning the corner.

Left side. He is light, but he can set the edge. He holds up the double team at the point, and then powers Walford up field to set the edge (even though Johnson had already cut it up field;-). Nice job there. Then he shoves off Walford and continues after the RB. For such a great passrusher, he is very tough against the run (1:22). Standing up in front of Flowers again (1:30). At only 235-pounds he can really use his long arms to put speed to power. He slams into Flowers and put one of the biggest toughest OLT prospects in the Draft on skates. He is such a freak. A guy his size shouldn't have such heavy hands in the rush. He jams Flowers into the QB and causes the bad pass.

They will move him around like a 3-4 OLB. I think a 3-4 DC is going to wave off the smoke and jump up on the table for him. He drops back into coverage. He seems to just stay instinctually on Walford on the slot (1:37). Left DE. One thing I've noticed making this Tape is that he is vulnerable to the cut block. He looks up at the QB and ignores the blocker a little too much. I think that is the third cut block that took him out (1:49). Watch the suddenness in his shoulders as he spins back around to Johnson. Then he hustles down field to get in front of him (1:58). It doesn't get any more impressive than this (2:07). He holds up the giant Flowers with leverage and his hands. Than sheds him and goes and gets the RB on short yardage. That is just an incredible display of strength for such a light speed rusher.

He holds up the point, and then pushes Walford back and turns him a little with one hand to set the edge (2:28). Watch the speed to power as he punches the helmet off of Flowers. Every time he shows power like that in the rush another GM sweeps the smoke under the rug (2:37). This is just terrific. He takes on the ORT, as he slides inside. Then he spins off the block and makes the tackle (3:00). Great look at his Elite blast off the line (3:09). He just has that knack for finding his way through blockers (3:17). They have started double teaming him on the edge (3:27). Set the edge on the inside run (3:37). It's funny because I didn't remember him being this good against the run. I now think he is the best against the run of the top five edge rushers.

Great quick burst. Then watch the hands. His ability to combo his great blast off with his great hands gets him to the QB before the RB can get out into the Flat. Anther GM just swept the smoke under the rug (4:11). He has made Miami play left handed (4:35). Then they dare to run to his side and he pounces on Johnson like a hungry panther (4:44). They run a dive to the other side (4:52). He does a great job hopping through the trash to get into the play. The pretty speed rushers usually don’t get involved like that.

He might get in trouble in the NFL, because he likes to punch into the neck and face mask of the big Tackles, and they have made that a penalty in the NFL (5:01). He does a nice job keeping the ORT's hands off his shirt until he finds a lane to the QB (5:11). He is the best passrusher in this Draft against the run. Watch the explosion off the snap into the ORT that puts him skates, and he rams him into the RB (5:31). He sets the edge nicely at the point. Sends the RB inside and almost got in on the tackle as well (5:44). Then he almost gets a scoop and score. He could have helped his teammate a little more.

He holds his position on the backside, and when the RB tries to curl back up field he pounces on him like a panther (6:01). He falls for the play action for a second. Then watch the great second burst up field once he sees the QB still has the ball (6:07). Then he Rips past the OLT to rush the throw and help cause the interception.

Right DE. They leave him unblocked in the play action, because he has not played the cut block well. The RB dives right into his legs. He gets his hands down this time, and leaps over him like a panther who spotted a gazelle. Then he grabs the gazelle with his big claws and spins him to the ground with incredible power (6:55). He will blitz up the gut as well  (7:37). Blitzing up the gut again. Watch the great shimmy-shimmy-shake that finds an outside lane to the QB (7:53). Left OLB. Great agility as he leaps over the cut block (8:17). Left OLB. Great burst up field to gain the OLT outside shoulder, and then the spin back to get his inside shoulder (8:27). Nice job ripping inside (8:42). This is a stunt and he pulls the ORT into the ORG, which springs the DT slanting outside behind him.

Watch the slick inside-out move. Then he owns the ORT's outside arm. He gets under him and dives at the QB's arm to punch the ball out (8:53). That is a fumble (9:06). Great inside feint that forces the ORT into a false step. Then the shove, and the hand over move. Watch how low he gets as he Dips around the Corner. Then the great awareness, for a pothead, as he dives at the QBs elbow (9:11). That is a strip sack that ended the game for Miami. He is the best D-End/OLB/Passrusher in this Draft.

Gregory Vs Miami:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iST3hv9XH4M

 

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Gregory's Official Bio:

Honors & Awards
» 2014 Second-Team All-American (FWAA)
» 2014 Third-Team All-American (AP)
» 2014 First-Team All-Big Ten (Media, Coaches)
» 2014 Walter Camp Player of the Year Watch List
» 2014 Lombardi Award Watch List
» 2014 Chuck Bednarik Award Semifinalist (1 of 20)
» 2014 Nagurski Trophy Watch List
» 2014 Lott IMPACT Quarterfinalist (1 of 20)
» Lott IMPACT Player of the Week (Miami, 2014)
» 2013 National Sophomore Defensive Player of the Year (CollegeFootballNews.com)
» 2013 First-Team All-Big Ten (Coaches, Media, BTN) 
» Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week (vs. Michigan, 2013)
» Most Sacks by a First-Year Husker (10.5, 2013)
» Ted Hendricks Award Watch List (1 of 18, 2013)
» Nebraska Defensive MVP (2013)

Defensive end Randy Gregory battled through an injury-plagued 2014 season to once again be one of the Big Ten’s most disruptive defensive forces. The 6-6, 245-pound Gregory earned first-team All-Big Ten honors for the second straight season for his play.

Gregory missed two games during the 2014 season, and saw very limited action in two others. Despite missing significant time, Gregory finished with 54 tackles, including a team-high seven sacks for 67 yards in losses. Gregory was third on the team with 10 tackles for loss and led the Huskers with 16 quarterback hurries.

Gregory has a knack for finding the football. In addition to his sacks, Gregory had an interception at Michigan State, forced a fumble and blocked a pair of field goals. His second blocked kick against Minnesota was returned by Nate Gerry for a touchdown.

With his seven sacks in 2014, Gregory increased his career sack total to 17.5 sacks, good for ninth on the NU career sacks list. Gregory is the only player on the list with less than three seasons in a Nebraska uniform.

Following the 2014 season, Gregory chose to enter the NFL Draft, forgoing his final season of collegiate eligibility.

2014 (Junior)
Florida Atlantic: Started, but left the game in the first quarter with an injury and didn’t return. McNeese State: Didn’t play due to injury. Fresno State: Returned to the starting lineup after missing a game due to injury... posted three tackles, all solo stops, in limited playing time. Miami: Ranked third on the team with seven tackles, including a pair of sacks for 25 yards... pair of TFLs pushed his career total to 21 for 126 yards. Illinois: Finished with 2.5 sacks for 17 yards... increased his career sack total to 15. Michigan State: Produced seven tackles in a game for the third time this season... had a first-quarter interception marking his first interception of the season and the second of his career. Northwestern: Produced four tackles and notched a career-best two pass break-ups. Rutgers: Blocked a second-quarter Rutgers field goal, marking Nebraska’s first blocked field goal since Josh Williams blocked a Tennessee-Chattanooga field goal in 2011... recorded a 12-yard sack in the third quarter to give him 5.5 sacks this season and 16 in his career... finished the day with five total tackles and two quarterback hurries in addition to his sack and blocked field goal. Purdue: Had three QB hurries... also had four tackles and a pass breakup. Wisconsin: Split a third-quarter sack, giving him a team-leading 6.0 sacks this season and 16.5 in his career... Minnesota: Blocked a second-quarter field goal, his second of the season and the fourth blocked kick by Nebraska in the past four games (2 FG, 2 punt)... had a 10-yard sack... was his team-high seventh sack of the year and gives him 17.5 career sacks... finished the day with a season-best eight tackles. Iowa: Did not play due to injury. USC: Capped the season with four tackles, including two solo stops.

2013 (Sophomore)
Gregory started 10 of 13 games and finished the year with 66 tackles, including 40 solo stops. He had at least five tackles eight times on the year, including each of the final five games. Gregory registered a season-high eight tackles in four games.

He opened the year with two tackles each against Wyoming and Southern Miss, including his first career tackle for loss against the Golden Eagles. He also had four hurries against Southern Miss. Gregory tied his season high with eight tackles against UCLA, including two tackles for loss for 12 yards, and also forced a fumble against the Bruins.

Gregory’s 33-yard interception return for a touchdown against South Dakota State marked the first interception for a touchdown by a defensive lineman since Ndamukong Suh in 2008. He also made five tackles against the Jackrabbits, including two tackles for loss and split the first sack of his career. 

Gregory had his second eight-tackle game of the year against Illinois, incuding five solo stops and a tackle for loss. He made the most of two tackles at Purdue, registering sacks on both, including a 17-yard sack for a safety in the third quarter. He also recovered a fumble in the third quarter. Gregory had one sack each against Minnesota and Northwestern, and his sack against the Wildcats forced Northwestern to kick a late field goal and keep NU’s chances of victory alive.

Gregory earned Big Ten Defensive Player-of-the-Week honors for his effort at Michigan. He notched three of Nebraska’s seven sacks and totaled four tackles for loss totaling 24 yards in the Husker win. Gregory matched his season high with eight tackles against Michigan State, including a nine-yard sack. At Penn State, Gregory had eight tackles, but was held without a sack for only the second time in conference play.

He closed the regular season with five tackles and a sack against Iowa. Gregory had five tackles, including two tackles for a loss and a sack in the Gator Bowl win over Georgia.

Before Nebraska (Arizona Western CC/Hamilton Southeastern HS)
Gregory was regarded as the nation’s top junior-college defensive end prospect and one of the top 10 JUCO prospects regardless of position after his two years at Arizona Western Community College. Gregory received extensive recruiting attention even though he missed the entire 2012 season because of a broken leg.

As a freshman at Arizona Western in 2011, Gregory posted impressive numbers and was named a first-team all-conference defensive end. Gregory had 82 total tackles, including 21 tackles for loss and nine sacks, to help Arizona Western to a trip to the NJCAA title game. He also forced three fumbles and recovered two others for Coach Tom Minnick’s team. In addition to Nebraska, Gregory also visited Iowa State, and received scholarship offers from dozens of schools including Iowa, UCLA, Missouri, Arkansas, Oregon State, Washington, Illinois and West Virginia.

Gregory originally signed with Purdue after a standout prep career at Hamilton Southeastern High School in Fishers, Ind. He was ranked as one of the top 15 players in Indiana following his senior season. Gregory also had big numbers as a junior in high school, posting 92 tackles, including 17 sacks. In addition to numerous scholarship offers in football, Gregory also attracted Division I basketball interest out of high school.

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QB

Year

G/S

UT

AT

TT

TFL

Sacks

C-R

BK

PBU

INT

Hry.

2013

13/10 40 26 66 19-101 10.5-69 1-1 0 1 1 18

2014

11/10 23 31 54 10-69 7.0-67 1-0 2 3 1 16

Totals

24/20 63 
57 
120 
29-170 17.5-136 1-1 2 
4 
1 34

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