One of the best athletes in the country, Nebraska DE Randy Gregory could be a top-5 pick. But is he worth the No. 1 pick?
Despite being one of the top prospects in the 2015 NFL draft, Nebraska DE Randy Gregory thinks he should be the first one taken on draft day.
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“I think I’m worthy of the No. 1 pick,” Gregory told USA Today. “I would hope anybody in the draft would want to be the No. 1 pick. I know how I am as a player. I know my potential. I know what I can do. I know what I bring to a team. And I understand that this position is a premium. Everyone wants someone that can get to the quarterback. Everyone wants a quarterback. Everyone wants a left tackle that can block that guy that wants to get to the quarterback. I understand the game and where it’s headed, and I understand that there’s a big need, a big demand. I definitely think I’m worthy.”
Gregory, who decided to forego his Senior season and enter the NFL draft, was named First Team All-Big-Ten in 2014 and finished the season with 7.0 sacks, an INT and 50 tackles as a defensive end. His incredible athleticism and versatility as both a defensive lineman and linebacker have made him one of the best prospects of 2015.
But at just 242 lbs at the moment he would be too small to be a proper defensive lineman. He would either need to put on anywhere from 20 to 30 lbs. just to compete with NFL offensive linemen or change to being a LB full-time.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers hold the No. 1 overall pick in the draft but are very likely to take one of the top two QB prospects before any of the other positions – which means either Florida State QB Jameis Winston or Oregon QB Marcus Mariota would be selected first