2015 NFL Draft Player Profile: Randy Gregory

Randy Gregory is a top prospect for the Dallas Cowboys from Fishers, Indiana. He is a 6 foot 6 inch 245 pound player that played two seasons for the Nebraska Cornhuskers after playing two years at Arizona Western Community College. During his junior college days, he earned the reputation as the top junior college defensive end in the nation.

He was named First team All-Big 10 the last two years he played at Nebraska where he was instrumental as a defensive end in their 4-3 defense. He was also named First team All-Big 10 by Media Coaches and was on the Lombardi Watch List.

During his last year at Nebraska he missed several games. Early on he missed most of one game with an old knee injury and was withheld from the following game. Toward the end of the season, he missed more games after being diagnosed with head and ankle injuries.

In his career at Nebraska, he had 16 quarterback hurries. He also had one interception and one forced fumble. Furthermore, he helped break up three passes.

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He has been compared to Aldon Smith of the San Francisco 49ers, because of his functional speed. Randy Gregory shows promise to be one of the most dynamic pass-rushers for the NFL. Others compare this player to former Miami Dolphin player Jason Taylor and former Saint Louis Ram Leonard Little because of his ability to use his long body to make things happen on the field.

While he may not be as quick as some players in his position, he can see plays developing on the field very well and instinctually knows which block will work best to stop the opponent. He has outstanding spin moves, bull rush, and swim moves. In order to play successfully for the Cowboys, he needs to develop a better ability to stay in place when he knows that he is going to get hit. He also needs to be able to convert some of his speed to power more effectively.

One major concern for the Cowboys who need to be able to rely on Randy Gregory, because of the 10 game suspension of right end Greg Hardy, is his drug use. He was unable to participate in the Indianapolis Combine because he tested positive for marijuana.  Prior to Combine, he says he had not used any drugs since December. Arriving at Dallas, he immediately asked for an accountability partner to help him be successful in the NFL and his dirty drug test means he will automatically participate in the NFL’s drug program.


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