2015 Steelers Draft Visits: Nebraska OLB Randy Gregory Coming To Town Next Week

We’ve known for a few weeks now that Nebraska edge rusher Randy Gregory will be coming to Pittsburgh for a pre-draft visit and now we know when.

Rand Getlin reports Saturday afternoon that Gregory, who is considered one of the best edge pass rushers available in this year’s draft, and a top 15 prospect, will be visiting with the Pittsburgh Steelers next week.

Gregory, who tested positive for marijuana at the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine, measures in at 6-foot-5 and 235 pounds. He’s long and explosive and registered 54 tackles in 2014 including a team-high seven sacks for 67 yards. Gregory was also third on the team with 10 tackles for loss and led the Nebraska with 16 quarterback hurries.

Several 4-3 teams are likely interested in Gregory as an end in addition to 3-4 teams like the Steelers, who would convert the edge rusher to an outside linebacker.

  • StrengthOfVictory

    Hopefully the Steelers aren’t too high on this kid.
    Could be all smoke and mirrors at this point.
    Weed be silly as fans not to at least consider him.
    [Other jokes and puns]

  • Ray

    He’s basically Aaron Maybin with a drug problem. I’ll pass

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    I guess I see this one different than most fans. And I’m not saying who is right or wrong. Everyone is entitled to their opinion. But I think we should at least give the kid a chance.

    Former and current players have claimed that 50-70% of all NFL players smoke weed. They just don’t get caught. That’s why this issue was such a big deal to the union in the CBA discipline agreement.

    I believe there are a few current Steelers who smoke weed but haven’t been caught? Possibly a couple fan favorites?

    If Gregory agrees to enter a treatment program I would definitely consider him.

  • stellarsfan

    Hmm, I figured the steelers probably took him off their board, but i guess not.

  • michaelinchains

    no chance hes on the board at 22

  • Addison

    I’m going to be so dummed out if this is the pick

  • Matt Manzo

    Good one!

  • Matt Manzo

    Someone said, what if he adds 15-20 lbs? I don’t know enough about him, is he strong enough that that would make a difference?

  • Reno

    Do the Steelers really want to take the chance on another undersized OLB. Especially one who may be fighting a possible drug addiction. If they were willing to take a risk like that give me Peters all day if he is available. A speed rusher who will be a liability in setting the edge has significant bust potential IMO. Although JJ doesn’t have the speed or quickness of a Gregory if I’m the Steelers I would be squeamish about making him their selection. If they were going OLB Dupree would my pick but it’s looking more and more like he will be gone.

  • ApexSteel

    I hope he falls to 22. He’s a great prospect people just overlook him because of his weight. This whole big OLB fad is just like the big wide out fad from last year.

  • Vinhuddle

    I’d go “BONG-kers” if he became a Steeler.

  • Louis Goetz

    Everyone loves to be so judgmental while looking into their crystal balls and determine that someone is going to be a failure both as a player and as a human being just because they had an issue before the NFL Draft. I’d like to know the last time a player with pre-draft issues, who dropped in the 1st round, turned out to be a bust professionally or personally. You notice that no one says “this guy is just another so and so.”

  • Grandmaster Fistage

    I hate to be blunt, but if you think this kid’s talent is half-baked, maybe you should reefer to his game film πŸ˜›

  • Vinhuddle

    A little herb didnt keep Warren Sapp from getting to Canton. Now hookers is a different subject.lol

  • John

    They have to be thinking he gonna slid hard and maybe if he’s there in the second round have to consider him. But no way he’s are first round pick

  • Garrett Hunt

    The pick will come down to a joint decision by the coaching staff

  • BlackNGold

    Josh Gordon

  • SteelersDepot

    Can he defend the grass against the run?

  • ApexSteel

    Wasn’t a first round pick and he was taken in the supplemental draft.

  • BlackNGold

    Widely viewed as a first round pick due to his talent, he fell completely out of the draft..

  • ApexSteel

    He didn’t fall out of the draft he was never in the draft. He declared for the 2011 supplmental draft late then was taken in the 2012 one. Not the same situation.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    That’s the same thing people said about DeCastro who fell to 1.24. I’m not saying you’re wrong. I don’t think he’ll be there either. But you just never know.

    I think with Gregory (and Shane Ray and Bud Dupree) the issue will be do they fall enough to trade up with a 4th or 5th round pick?

    We all know Colbert’s 1st round strategy. He makes a list of what he calls “special” players. And he goes after one of them. Usually letting the draft fall to him.

    But once those special players start getting snatched up, he might be inclined to make a move. He TRIED to trade up for DeCastro. I believe he’ll try to trade up for one of the OLB’s.

  • Vinhuddle

    Like “BUD” Dupree does?

  • William Weaver

    Think he will be drafted too “high” for us.

  • William Weaver

    Since he is so light, maybe we can play him along side Shazier at safety? πŸ™‚

  • William Weaver

    Could be effective if he also “smokes” QB’s.

  • Ryan

    No one thought Tuitt would make it to the second round either πŸ™‚

  • tjreiter

    At 6’5 235 with that athletic ability, I’d assume he is ripped.

  • Rick M

    We can’t keep drafting guys who have to bulk up IMO. Yes, most guys can add the weight but you lose the explosion off the edge. I even have a problem with Kevin Johnson adding 10 pounds. How will that affect his cover speed? Personally, I’d like to draft a guy whose weight in college is appropriate for the pros.

  • Rick M

    I think he’s long gone by the time we pick, but I share your concerns.

  • Steve Johnson

    6’5/235LBS? One thing comes to mind, Jarvis Jones #2. I know the Steelers are desperate for edge rushers and CB’s, but I hope they don’t select this guy in the 1st. The Steelers appear 2b infatuated with speed over talent. The driver behind this, I’m going to go record and say “Mike Tomlin.” I could be wrong, but try and remember, that sole year Tampa won the S.B, their defense was either ranked #1 or close to it. Why would you even entertain the fact you’re interested in a guy that ranks getting high above his career?

  • Steve Johnson

    I could care less about his talent, I’m concerned about his off the field issues, immaturity issues as well.

  • Brian Tollini

    No chance? None?

  • Louis Goetz

    C’mon man, if he “fell completely out of the draft” he would’ve been eligible to sign anywhere as an undrafted free agent and wouldn’t even have been available for the supplemental draft.

  • Louis Goetz

    And supposedly, coke kept Dan Marino from being worth drafting, and Randy Moss’ horrific NFL career has been widely documented.

  • Conserv_58

    How dare you make a reasonable, sound, rational and common sense comment!

  • Conserv_58

    No, but failing the combine drug test did make the Steelers and other teams remove Mike Adams from their draft board.

  • Louis Goetz

    The Steelers have a ton of interest in him; I can guarantee you that. if you go the NFL’s web site and watch the interview of Gregory during Nebraska’s Pro Day, take a quick look at who’s directing the drills. I’ll give you two hints at who it is. The first one is Jerry and the second is Olsavsky.

  • michaelinchains

    Yup no chance means none

  • Pud Pushman

    Hahaha, this is funny to people? What a bunch of A-holes. Hey guys cheech and chong were funny when we were 13. Wake the f%#% up!

  • westcoasteeler

    He’s ganja by the time our pick comes…

  • blackandgoldBullion

    They better not trade up, as they need every bloody pick they can get, with absolutely no depth. Trading down would be great, but anything else and I;ll say they’ve lost their minds.

  • TrueSteelerForLife

    Mike Adams made it to our roster though

  • Devon Day

    Don’t worry, he will ‘wake and bake’ before then.

  • Devon Day

    I’d rather take Hunter honestly.

  • Devon Day

    He will defend the grass before he even considers running.

  • Louis Goetz

    It also didn’t hurt that DeCastro was a guard and very few guards are drafted in the first round, much less the first half of the first round.
    As for trading up, I think it will take more than a fourth or fifth round pick for the Steelers to get better than 22. Maybe the team could go from 22 to 20 with a fourth rounder, but the Iggles currently possess the 20th pick and many project them to be in competition with the Stillers for some of the same players.
    If Gregory was still around at 18 or 19, I could see the Steelers making a move they could afford to make in order to get him. If not, I would be happy with Dupree or Harold. The real miracle would be if the Steelers could trade down, add a third or a fourth round pick, and still come away with one of those guys.

  • Heather Danis

    He’s actually 246 now as most reports coming in had him losing 10 or so pounds due to an illness prior to the Combine. His evaluations also show that he has the body build to add more weight and strength mass, which he is more than willing to do. The rest comes down to comfort zone on his pot smoking and the medical results on that issue.

  • Heather Danis

    It’s possible, but Jerry is the ILB coach and not the OLB coach. Jerry helped 2 other defensive coaches from other teams put him through drills. The Jets OLB coach put him through the paces there while the Viking’s DC drilled him on defensive scheme questions. There were 27 other teams present at the pro day, most with defensive coaches there to watch his drills that the 3 coaches above put him through. I wouldn’t say that Jerry helping out indicates a significant interest.

  • Heather Danis

    Yes. He can put that kind of weight on. He is strong but would need to get stronger for the NFL LOLB position. Players put on or take off weight for teams once they decide where they intend to play them. It’s not a rare thing to happen.

  • Harold Jacobs

    Lemme see….what other edge rusher tested positive for weed at the combine?!? What a minute don’t tell me…..I know….JUSTIN HOUSTON in 2011!!!! We would be silly not to pick him if he’s on the board.

  • Harold Jacobs

    Or Justin Houston…same scenario

  • Heather Danis

    I think KJ would likely be able to put on 10 lbs in muscle mass and not lose anything. He needs to get stronger for sure and muscle mass weighs more than the fat weight. He can convert current weight and add muscle and still play better and stronger at 195. Of note, Ike Taylor had little to no limitations in run defense or speed loss at 195 for most of his career. Granted he had sub-4.3 speed when younger and KJ “only” has 4.4 spd, but more speed training will help him to stabilize his speed while he puts on the extra muscle weight. That’s the job of the strength training coach and team dietician; nothing unusual.

  • Heather Danis

    And so are the Steelers and other teams so how about we let them decide what their organizations are willing to do. They see the data; we see the reporter’s interpretations and spins of events. I don’t like the stupidity he demonstrated either knowing full well that the biggest interview of his life was coming up and that his whole playing and personal record would be open game, but we do not see the raw facts in the matter and that’s a fact. If he falls to 22, and the Steelers are comfortable with him or the ground rules they’ve laid out for him at their visit, we can sit back and root for our team. If he messes up again, then I’d also have no issue with them cutting him loose. If he doesn’t, the FO will be seen as brilliant for taking a chance. Having said that, I’d double dip at LOLB type prospects this year and take someone who I really think is a strong CB prospect and call it a good draft. If he messes up, I already have another OLB in the pipeline who can fill the vacancy then draft another somewhere next year.

  • Heather Danis

    His weight was different because he was playing a couple of different schemes in college. He has and can again play in the high 250s or 260s because his body frame allows for such weight gain. His speed would most certainly take a hit depending on how much of that weight isn’t muscle gain during strength training, but that’s the Steelers issues to handle.

  • Louis Goetz

    There were 28 teams present. Only three took an active part in putting him through drills that they wanted to see, one of which was the Steelers. Do you really think Olsavsky was there to see if Gregory would make a good fit for the Steelers at ILB? Of the hundreds and hundreds of eligible rookies, the Steelers can schedule visits with only 30 and Gregory is one of them. I’d say that’s significant interest; not just mere curiosity.

  • Heather Danis

    I’m still questioning Shane Ray and am getting closer to believing that he is a one-trick pony no matter which side we put him on. I don’t believe he has the weight or desire to be a run-stopping OLB or develop the moves necessary to combat OL at the next level if one move is taken away. However, I think that is what the coaching staff is trying to figure out like so many other teams are – is he just good for pass rushing or can he do more throughout the game?

  • Louis Goetz

    Stop using logic. It will blow these peoples’ minds.

  • Heather Danis

    Well said!! I don’t like it, but I don’t have to as I’m not the ones hiring him to play for tens of thousands of fans and risking the image of the Pittsburgh Steelers, not to mention their aspirations for a 7th SB. If he agrees to their stipulations and they pick him, great… If he does and they don’t, great…. If they do and he messes up… I’ll respect them more if they cut him to set the example. They won’t have to admit their mistake at that point because it will be painfully obvious to the planet that they took a chance and it didn’t pay off. That will do more damage to the FO decision-makers than the rest of us sitting back here with no relevant information about the drug test results from the Combine other than he popped positive. The same was true with Adams and the same risk is here again. It’s up to the Steelers and how they see it with all of the data at hand.

  • Heather Danis

    To answer one of your questions, No, I don’t think Olsavsky was there to see if he was a fit for ILB. I think he volunteered to put him through those drills while the Jets coach put him through the OLB drills. I’m not saying that there isn’t interest, but only one coach can put a player through drills at a time so are you saying that the other 27 teams, since there were 30 there, should’ve sent their coaches down to put the young man through the same drills that the other 3 did and expect a different result? I would say “significant” is the team sending the DC, coach and GM to watch those results. I think the scheduled visit also qualifies as more than a passing interest, but not just because Olsavsky worked him out.

  • Steve Johnson

    I could care less if he gets high, weed is legal in 3 or 4 states, most of them do it in the off-season anyway. I’m concerned about them selecting a guy with their 1st pick, somewhat stilk undersized, and could end being suspended because he can’t put that stuff on hold long enough to pass a test.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    Louis –

    You may very well be correct. The 4th might not get it done. Based on previous year’s trades, our 1st + 3rd round picks should move us up about 4 spots to 1.18. But you never know for sure. Sometimes teams get desperate/stupid.

    I personally am not suggesting a trade up. But Colbert is a different story. After SOMEWHAT missing on Ziggy Hood and Uncle Jarvis and having Shazier miss most of the season, Colbert is under a lot of pressure to nail his next defensive first round pick.

    If he can make a reasonable move to get one of the top 5 edge rushers, I think he’ll definitely consider it.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    BGB-

    I hear you, buddy. Every year I do these mocks draft thinking/hoping my first 4 or 5 picks will all become 10 year starters.But over the years, on average, each draft only yields 2-3 prime starters.

    I’m not suggesting we trade away all our picks but that perhaps we go after 2 or 3 top prospects who can contribute immediately.

    If we came out of this draft with Randy Gregory OLB + Marcus Peters CB + Adrian Amos FS/CB and no other picks would you take that?

    I might.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    Heather-

    I personally don’t like the 3-4 defense for that exact reason. In order to get an OLB who is fast enough to drop into coverage and chase down RB’s out on the flat, he usually has to be light and quick. And those guys usually have difficulty anchoring against 300+ pound offensive linemen.

    Unfortunately, those are the types of guys Tomlin tends to favor. Timmons, Shazier, even Jones. You are correct that Ray (and Gregory) probably fall into that category. But if it means we will get more QB pressure, I would take that trade off. And I think Ray will bring QB pressure.

  • westcoasteeler

    Yes! I’d go even further and say if you get 2 quality guys you’re ahead of the curve.

  • westcoasteeler

    You are damn right about that blanket of pressure KC’s laying under to get this first pick correct. He better take his crystal ball in for a tune up.

  • Reno

    Carnell Lake was at Peters pro day helping out with drills. They also dined with K. Johnson, Dupree, J. Collins, and Ray who they have a strong interest in. I’m not denying there is not a strong interest but there is with many players.

    My concern is he has a similar frame and traits as a B. Mingo and D. Jordan. Miami put Jordan on the market last season and found no takers. Not saying he will turn out to be another Mingo or Jordan but the possibility still exists.

  • Reno

    I hope he is long gone so the Steelers are not faced with a difficult decision. For me his build and traits already make him a risk and you compound that with character issues.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    It’s funny because a lot of people on this board love Kevin Colbert (unconditionally). Others want him fired. But the one thing all of us can agree on is…

    We all HOPE Colbert makes the best possible pick this year. In fact I should say picks. Because we really need 3. A star OLB. A star CB. And hopefully an eventual replacement for Heath Miller.

    If anyone has any crystal ball referrals, please send them Colbert’s way.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    Excellent point which could make for a fascinating discussion. In my eyes, the Steelers will find out enough info in their meetings, and that’s something that we are not privy. When I look at the players likely to be drafted in rounds 2-4, I can easily make a case for some of them having careers better than some first rounders if they work their butts off and with the right coaching and system.

    So my answer would be no to your scenario. A tradedown would get them at least an extra 3rd rounder or so. So when I think about 4 players in the first 3 rounds, it might end up being Peters if he drops, or pick your fave, followed by a Golden type of OLB, Henry Anderson perhaps, and then whatever you want (TE, OT, G, S). You can substitute your own players from the rounds 2-4. So I would trade down for a year or 2, at which point they should have adequate depth. Then, when they’re looking for a couple of studs , your scenario becomes the preferred one — trade up.

  • Rick M

    The whole discussion is kind of moot. The guy is described as freaky good by Mike Mayock and he’ll either go Top 10 (perhaps as high as #5 to Washington), or at the latest #13 to New Orleans.

  • The Notorious TOM

    Aye yo Randy, they got what you’re looking for out on the east end bubba. Squirrel Hill’s got the hookup lmao.

  • H.K. northern cali

    235lbs. To light!! If he added 20 more than maybe id be interested. He would remind me if A.S. of the niners up here in north cal!

  • westcoasteeler

    When I say tune up, I mean at the Rooney’s garage. KC is our man. I just need him to seriously score a hat trick in this years draft. Particularly on defense. I don’t care what rounds he finds them. It’s a lot to ask, but I think we can score 25 a game- right now.

  • Rick M

    I think you’re probably right. I thought Johnson was even lighter than he is (188 at the combine). I have such mixed feelings about this guy. Someone wrote that he only gave up 11 completions last year, but it appears from the stat sites that he only successfully defended 6 passes. So when he was targeted teams had significant success. And to have racked up 9 penalties for 132 yards over the last two seasons when you’re not being targeted much seems problematic. But there are a number of people on this site who like him, so if he is our selection I’ll jump on the ‘Go KJ’ bandwagon and hope he meets his fans’ expectations.

  • Steelers_DaBus

    Ray can only pass rush .. I don’t believe he can set the edge and stop the run !! That’s why I prefer his teammate Markus Goldon that we can get in the 3rd or 4th !! My first OLB is Bud because he is fast for a big guy 270 and can set edge and stop runs and use a lot of rush moves ..the guy was a team captain too , we need to get havey on D-line and make it hard to run so we can have a fighting chance in the 4th Q

  • Rick M

    LOL, yes facts aren’t usually allowed.

  • Rick M

    Any pressure he was under was lifted by the 11-5 season. The team can go 8-8 for the next couple of years and he’ll still be around. I really think he has lost it defensively. Watching our defense in 2014 and hearing him say that his only goal in FA was to “hold serve” made me shudder.

  • Rick M

    That’s what begging for a lunch with management to explain yourself can do.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    You may be right on that one. I’m sure the Rooneys will be a little bit patient as long as we keep making the playoffs.

    I also wonder what really goes down in the Steelers board room.

    Specifically, I wonder which people were pimping Ziggy Hood and Jarvis Jones the hardest before the draft? And if their opinions now carry as much weight now?

    It seems like whoever was pimping Pouncey and DeCastro should get priority seating at that table?

  • Rick M

    That’s a good question and of course we’ll never know who is responsible for certain picks. I don’t know who carries the most influence around the draft room table. Our last good defensive draft was 2007 when we scooped Woodley and Timmons. Tomlin had been the Head Coach for only a few months, so I seriously doubt he had much or any influence as to the players picked. The 2008-2014 drafts have been really poor defensively by Pittsburgh standards, or any team’s standards actually. Whatever dynamic or thought process between KC and MT for defensive selections is failing and needs to change quickly.

  • TsarPepe

    With the jury out on Jarvis Jones, there’s no way the Steelers draft another SEC sack leader with underwhelming physique.

  • Brian Tollini

    Sure there was no chance? None?