Dec 27, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers defensive end Randy Gregory (4) looks on before the game against the USC Trojans in the 2014 Holiday Bowl at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
Next up, Randy Gregory.
Gregory has been a popular mock to the Jaguars for a while and for good reason. This is a raw player who has the capability to take over from the outside. He’s considered by some to be more athletic than last year’s first overall pick Jadeveon Clowney but he could also be considered a step down from a player like Fowler. Gregory comes in a bit slight at just 235 pounds on a long 6’5″ frame. Even with the lighter build, he didn’t post a top-10 40 yard dash at his position.
But Gregory has a lot of upside that is incredibly appealing. Gregory has fluid movement that will help him in the NFL and he is able to explode off the line to get ahead of the defending offensive lineman. Playing fast and fluid are big advantages in the NFL at pass rushing positions and could put him in a position to take control of games against lesser offensive linemen. He’d be unique among defensive ends for the Jaguars in his athleticism, allowing him to step in immediately. He’d also pair well with Marks and Miller locking up the middle of the offensive line.
If Fowler is selected by the Jags, it’s easy to see Gregory being the second pass rusher taken off the board. The two are close in their value, but many are giving the edge to Fowler right now. The combine tends to shift things up like that, but sometimes teams should stick with their gut even if it with a more lithe, raw player.
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