Nebraska Defensive End Randy Gregory Visiting Baltimore Ravens
Dec 27, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers defensive end Randy Gregory (4) works against USC Trojans tight end Bryce Dixon (13) during the fourth quarter in the 2014 Holiday Bowl at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
The Baltimore Ravens have already met with at least one first round prospect lately, and now they are turning their focus to another one. This time, according to the Baltimore Sun, it’s Nebraska defensive end Randy Gregory. The Ravens are already familiar with Gregory after meeting with the pass rusher at the NFL Scouting Combine.
Gregory, an imposing physical presence at 6’5″ and 235 pounds, is a versatile chess piece who projects as a 3-4 outside linebacker in the pros. He recorded a 4.64 40 at the NFL Combine, along with 24 reps on the bench, a 36.5 inch vertical, and a 10’5″ broad jump.
Gregory also had a strong showing at his pro day, clocking a 4.3 second time in the short shuttle, 6.73 seconds in the cone drill, and 11.64 seconds in the long shuttle. Those times would have placed him near the top in regards to the numbers produced by the linebackers and ends at the Combine, with his 3 cone time the best among all front seven players.
Randy Gregory embraces his opportunity to play a hybrid role in the pros as well, as he told Rob Rang at NFLDraftScout.com following his pro day performance.
"“Honestly, I feel a little bit more comfortable with that,” Gregory said. “You get that natural athletic stance and get to show your athleticism. I’m always excited to do linebacker drills and I thought I did real well [Thursday].” “There’s a lot more different things I can do than just rush the passer. A lot of guys, you can draft them for one specific role. I feel like me, they can almost mold me into any player they want.”"
Gregory would make a nice, versatile addition to the Ravens at a position they arguably need to invest in for the future. With Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil entering the twilight of their respective careers, he would come in at a perfect time and in a perfect situation to learn and grow. Now we just have to see how teams value him once April rolls around.
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