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Nebraska’s Randy Gregory: I’m worthy of the No. 1 overall pick


Nebraska defensive end/outside linebacker Randy Gregory wants the world to know that he deserves consideration as the first overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

“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.”

Most people think the Buccaneers will take a quarterback, Marcus Mariota or Jameis Winston, with the first overall pick. Among non-quarterbacks, most draft observers consider USC defensive end Leonard Williams the top player. So while Gregory has the talent to be a Top 5 pick, No. 1 overall seems awfully unlikely.

Gregory has been compared to Dion Jordan, who went No. 3 overall in the 2013 NFL draft. They are similar players, although the fact that Jordan has been a disappointment in his first two NFL seasons isn’t great news for Gregory.

The biggest question facing the 6-foot-6 Gregory is whether he’s too skinny for the NFL. Gregory says he currently weighs 242 pounds, and at that weight NFL offensive tackles are going to eat him alive. But Gregory thinks he could comfortably bulk up all the way to 270 if the team that drafts him wants him to. At that weight, he could be a terror in the NFL. But probably not a No. 1 overall pick.