The Morning After: Oakland Raiders Options for Round 2

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Dec 27, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers defensive end Randy Gregory (4) defends USC Trojans running back Javorius Allen (37) during the fourth quarter in the 2014 Holiday Bowl at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

1. Randy Gregory, OLB/DE, Nebraska

Randy Gregory was a player who at one point was considered a top 5 draft pick, a very active edge rusher who played defensive end at Nebraska despite weighing only around 235 pounds. But his weight and build (6’5″, 235 at the Combine) combined with a failed drug test for marijuana and some questionable bad habits on tape contributed to him falling out of the first round entirely.

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  • Gregory was a player that the Raiders showed some interest in at the Combine back in February, but it’s difficult to see how he could fit the Raiders defensive system unless Jack Del Rio and Ken Norton Jr. decide to commit to a 3-4 base scheme. That said, if the Raiders move Khalil Mack to a LEO end position full-time, Gregory could be a fit at Mack’s old spot, though Gregory would be a significant downgrade from Mack in the run game at that spot. Gregory may be a situational player initially, and Reggie McKenzie has enough of those, so this may not be the direction the Raiders go in for #35 overall.

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