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Nebraska DE Gregory’s weight may be a concern for Redskins

Feb 20, 2015, 9:53 AM EDT


INDIANAPOLIS—The defensive lineman are getting their heights and weights measured this morning at the NFL Combine and one prospect came in at a weight that raised some eyebrows.

Randy Gregory, the Nebraska defensive end who is expected to be a top-10 pick when the draft gets underway in late April, was at his anticipated height of just shy of 6-5. But he weighed in at 235 pounds.

In an earlier interview, Gregory said that he played at around 250 pounds at Nebraska and that he could get up to 270 if that’s what a team wanted. If he becomes a Redskin he would play outside linebacker Jay Gruden and Joe Barry probably would be happy with him somewhere in the 250-260 range.

The weight issue and the fact that he didn’t always seem to have his motor in high gear will create some questions about him in the Redskins’ draft room if he is still on the board when the Redskins’ top pick comes up at No. 5.

  1. goback2rfk - Feb 20, 2015 at 10:08 AM

    JUst Like Donovan McFlab, got to call that conditioning into question. Remember that game when they pulled mcnabb out and sent someone in i cant remember who, but the back up came right in and fumbled or threw an INT. that was weak

    • abanig - Feb 20, 2015 at 12:15 PM

      I’m not sure I understsnd where you’re going with this.

      Are you talking about Rex Grossman and Donovan McNabb?

      That’s ancient history and has nothing to do with this year’s combine

      • goback2rfk - Feb 20, 2015 at 5:16 PM

        Going off topic is something that is completely cool here at the real redskins

  2. goback2rfk - Feb 20, 2015 at 10:10 AM

    235 for a DE/OLB come on playa, my morning ritual weighs in at more than 235. please playa

  3. 214hof - Feb 20, 2015 at 10:12 AM

    This guy is not a top 10 pick IMO, I think he had bust written all over him.

    • tideskin - Feb 20, 2015 at 10:20 PM

      Agree. Minnesota absolutely abused Gregory–ran around and over him–in their game against Nebraska.

  4. pdxskin - Feb 20, 2015 at 10:36 AM

    Gregory is too skinny, has injury history, and some red flags in his personal history as well – wouldn’t touch him with a 10 ft pole, especially at #5 overall. We need to focus on the big bodies (DL and OL) in the first three rounds, and then we can pick up a depth OLB (situational pass rusher) in the later rounds.

    • brucealmty - Feb 20, 2015 at 6:43 PM

      Absolutely, build from the inside out … OL, DL. Redskins need 3 stars with their first 3 picks.

  5. troylok - Feb 20, 2015 at 10:38 AM

    At such a high pick, you expect a player to contribute right away. If they need to wait on this guy to put on some solid pounds, he won’t be ready in 2015. Pass.

  6. mr.moneylover - Feb 20, 2015 at 10:59 AM

    I hope redskins don’t get him I wasnt to hype even when they shown his highlights…trent Murphy plays with a very high motor compare to Gregory trent Murphy just gotta learn a few more things to become stud but did really good when he played

  7. bangkokben - Feb 20, 2015 at 11:07 AM

    Unless he runs a 4.3, skip. Seriously, I don’t think we have to concern ourselves with this pick. McCloughan won’t take a 235lb 3-4 OLB.

    • abanig - Feb 20, 2015 at 12:12 PM

      That’s true. Maybe McCloughan will learn from his past when he took Manny Lawson.

      • bangkokben - Feb 20, 2015 at 4:20 PM

        Six pounds heavier, 22nd pick, 6th LB off the board, and 2nd 49ers pick. Those are differences. Similarly sized though. Lawson ran a 4.43. Just like everyone else will be ticked if this is our pick.

  8. jonevans511 - Feb 20, 2015 at 11:43 AM

    Dion Jordan, anyone?

  9. shermanp79 - Feb 20, 2015 at 12:01 PM

    WOW that is light. My question is if he played so much heavier during the season then where has the weight gone? He should be working out for the Combine. The thing that will determine his value will be the bench press. How much strength does he have. I have mixed feelings taking an OLB with that pick. Although I’m not sold Murphy will become that explosive guy you want on the right side, they have a couple of young guys too. So could they wait to take an OLB. They could give Murphy time to get stronger and develop. He has multiple moves so hopefully his production improves He has a high motor, although you still need the talent. We need a guy with that burst and speed around the corner to be that disruptive guy a defense needs. The ideal situation would be to have Kerrigan as the lesser talent of the two guys.

    • abanig - Feb 20, 2015 at 12:11 PM

      My guess is that he did weigh around 250 at nebraska, but that he wanted to get in the best shape he could for the combine because he knew at the NFL level he’d be a linebacker, not downlineman like he was at Nebraska.

      So, in order to run a fast 40 time and look more agile in the linebacker drills be focused on losing the weight.

      This is what Trent Murphy did last year and a lot of athletes lose weight to run fast and look more athletic for the combine.

      His natural playing weight will be 10 pounds or so more than his combine weight Imo.

    • 214hof - Feb 20, 2015 at 12:33 PM

      Murphy may lack the ideal “speed” or ” burst” you’re talking about. But that doesn’t mean in anyway, the he cannot be a dominant force opposite Kerrigan. In reality, the edge rushers at the top of the draft are fast, and explosive… And they have been relying on talent. Murphy on the other hand, makes up for his physical limitations by being technically sound. ( using proper leverage, knowing his assignments, and Offenses tendencies ) Just because he didn’t produce a flashy stat line when he start last year, doesn’t mean that he won’t improve this year. It has been noted that Murphy is a hard worker, and a student of the game. I wouldn’t write him off just yet.

  10. abanig - Feb 20, 2015 at 12:07 PM

    I’m not too hyped about Gregory or any of the OLBs being the Redskins #5 pick. They need to get the best lineman available at that point and all signs point to Danny Shelton, NT from Washington (state) being the best lineman – offensive or defensive – being available @ 5 when the Redskins pick.

    • ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Feb 20, 2015 at 3:16 PM

      I think Dante Fowler would be a good pick, if we go OLB.

      • 214hof - Feb 20, 2015 at 3:35 PM

        If the first round pickis going to be LB, I would be happy with anyone not named Ray or Gregory. I like Fowler, he was pretty versatile at Florida. Just not sure he (or any edge rusher) is a worthy pick at #5.

    • Joe Greene - Feb 20, 2015 at 7:24 PM

      And absolutely nobody has come up with why Shelton is a top 5 pick when 7 of his 9 sacks were in 3 games against horrible teams as well as more than half his tackles. He was just average against 10 good opponents.

      • 214hof - Feb 21, 2015 at 5:23 AM

        I have before, you just choose to ignore and repeat yourself like an ignorant tool. “He only had three good games” there now you don’t need to bother with a post

        • Joe Greene - Feb 21, 2015 at 3:36 PM

          I provided stats, you know actual facts, that support that he did next to nothing in 10 games. He racked up far more than half his stats against Eastern Washington, Hawaii, and Georgia State. I’m waiting for any factual evidence that he was more than an average player in those games against real opponents.

          Shelton’s lopsided stats vs bad competition is eerily similar to Michael Sam’s lopsided stats as the SEC Defensive POY.

      • bangkokben - Feb 21, 2015 at 4:16 PM

        Nose tackles aren’t paid to make stats – even in college.

        • Joe Greene - Feb 22, 2015 at 12:17 AM

          And yet everyone who wants him at 5 talks about how many sacks and tackles he had despite the fact that nearly all of that was in 3 games against really bad teams.

  11. murphsman - Feb 20, 2015 at 4:09 PM

    Was anyone else surprised when they read this article? Normally when you hear about weight concerns with football players, it’s because they’re overweight, not underweight.

  12. murphsman - Feb 20, 2015 at 4:11 PM

    I really hope Shelton’s still available at 5, because that’s who I would like us to take.

  13. goback2rfk - Feb 20, 2015 at 5:17 PM

    I hope we take Marcus Mariota at 5

  14. deepball1 - Feb 20, 2015 at 6:19 PM

    Help me to understand this article….Randy Gregory has been 6’5 and 235 pounds and Tandler writes as though this is a shock and now the Skins must reconsider whether to take him at pick number 5. Gregory is still projected by Kiper as the pick for the Skins and McCoughin says GAME TAPE is the DNA….NOT weight or height.

    This guy is a Jason Taylor clone because Taylor came out of college about the same height and weight. Gregory should have no problems adding about 5 or 6 pounds in his first season of full time weight room training. Jason Taylor ended his career at 244 pounds and 139 career QB sacks. Good enough for me.

    • Joe Greene - Feb 20, 2015 at 7:27 PM

      Kiper is irrelevant to the discussion. Gregory was listed at 6’6″ and came in under 6’5″. He was listed at 240, said he played at 250, and came in at 235. He’s smaller than expected, despite what Rich wrote, and McCloughan has shown a favoritism for big players.

  15. 214hof - Feb 20, 2015 at 6:45 PM

    Rich, in light of the article I read on CSNWashington about the outline McC is looking for in players. Will Washington take a hard look at Shaq Thompson from Washington? I kno that he doesn’t really have a position, and at #5 it’s likely a huge reach… But he is in every way a football player, and a damn good one at that. It’s not unreasonable for him to put on 5-7lbs over the next two seasons and be playing at 230+ lbs beside Keenan or for him to stay put and play safety. This guy is without a doubt a playmaker and would boost the defense no matter where he lines up. I’m just thinking Washington isn’t in a position to take a chance on him.

    • 214hof - Feb 20, 2015 at 6:53 PM

      Forgot to ask… Any insight? Archives

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