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Randy Gregory DE 6' 5 255 lbs

Rank: 
2
Round Drafted: 
3
College: 
Nebraska

Defensive end Randy Gregory burst onto the scene for Nebraska in 2013 and ended the year as one of the most impactful defenders in the Big Ten Conference. Gregory was a dominant pass rusher from his defensive end spot, leading the conference in sacks and ranking among the league leaders in tackles for loss.

Despite being a newcomer to the conference, Gregory was a first-team all-conference choice by both the coaches and the media and was a semfinalist for the Hendricks Award, given to the nation’s top defensive end. 

Gregory returns in 2014 to anchor the Nebraska defensive front and is expected to contend for major conference and national honors. Gregory has been working in the offseason to become a more consistent run stopper, while keeping his incredible burst off the edge on passing downs.

The 6-6, 245-pound Gregory finished 2013 with 10.5 sacks for 69 yards in losses and was in on 19 tackles for loss, totaling 101 yards. Gregory had at least one sack in seven of the final eight games, and had at least one tackle for loss in each of the final 12 games.

The 10.5 sacks were 2.5 more than Ohio State’s Noah Spence for the Big Ten lead, and Gregory’s sack total ranked 15th nationally. He had 9.0 of his sacks in Big Ten Conference games, including three sacks at Michigan. His conference sack total was 2.5 more sacks than any other player in the league. Gregory also ranked second in the conference in tackles for loss, trailing only OSU linebacker Ryan Shazier.

Gregory’s big-play ability did not stop with tackles behind the line. He had an interception return for a touchdown against South Dakota State, and a fumble caused and recovered at Purdue. He also led the team with a team-high 18 quarterback hurries, including four each against Michigan State and Southern Miss.