The confusing reports that have emerged about Nebraska pass rusher Randy Gregory may result in Gregory’s stock dropping in the draft. But off-field issues aren’t the only questions being raised about Gregory.
There’s also plenty of talk around the league that the 235-pound Gregory simply isn’t big and strong enough to handle NFL offensive linemen and will get pushed around in the pros. Jon Gruden said on ESPN that when he watches tape of Gregory, he sees far too many plays when Gregory fails to stop the run.
“When I watch him stop the run, when I watch him for 75 plays a game, there’s too many plays I don’t like,” Gruden said. “It really bothers me when you’re taking a guy in the Top 10 or the first round who gets stuck on blocks and oftentimes gets pancaked. You’ve got to stop the run so you can rush the passer.”
Gruden said that if he were still coaching, he’d call plays designed to run right at Gregory. Gruden wouldn’t pick Gregory in the first round.
“Until he gets on tape and shows me more as a run defender, and more as a physical run defender, you can’t have this in the first round,” Gruden said.
This would have been unthinkable a few months ago, but there’s a real chance that Gregory will have to wait until Friday to hear his name called.