LINCOLN — For the last several months, Randy Gregory’s personal trainer said the former Nebraska defensive end has prepared five days a week for a few hours at the NFL combine.
“He came in every day with a workmanlike attitude, and really pushed himself,” said Chuck Smith, a former NFL defensive end who runs Defensive Line Inc. Smith has trained dozens of current and former NFL players, and he gave a thumbs-up to Gregory’s performance Sunday.
“I thought he did really well,” Smith said.
The 6-foot-4, 235-pound Gregory ran a 4.64-second 40-yard dash — 13th among players at the defensive line-linebacker positions, and sixth among defensive linemen and 3-4 outside linebackers specifically. He had a 36½-inch vertical jump — tied for 14th among defensive ends and linebackers. His 10-foot-5 broad jump was fourth among the two positions. On Saturday, Gregory bench pressed 225 pounds 24 times. The combine didn’t show times for Gregory in the three-cone, 20-yard and 60-yard shuttles.
Throughout the NFL Network telecast of the combine testing Sunday, analysts said Gregory is more likely a 3-4 outside linebacker than a 4-3 defensive end, as he played at Nebraska. Gregory has said he doesn’t mind standing as an outside linebacker, and Smith said Sunday he expects Gregory to be one, and that he shouldn’t be lumped in with 4-3 defensive ends.
Gregory was held to “such a super-charged standard,” Smith said, that few results would have left a perfect impression. The strongest impression Sunday was left by Clemson end Vic Beasley, who blazed a 4.53-second 40-yard time. Among the other players at the top of the pass rushing rankings, Florida end Dante Fowler’s scores weren’t as strong overall as Gregory’s — though Fowler is 26 pounds heavier — while Missouri’s Shane Ray was held out of the Sunday drills because of a toe injury.
Smith said Gregory will continue to work with him in preparation for Gregory’s pro day and the NFL draft, which is April 30 through May 2.
Throughout their training, Smith said, Gregory has been a strong ambassador of Nebraska.
“He’s really pushed Nebraska to the fullest,” Smith said. “He’s wearing Nebraska stuff every day, and he’ll sit there and argue with the SEC guys.”
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