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Nebraska’s Randy Gregory addresses weight concerns

Nebraska defensive end Randy Gregory warmed up in a game in October.
Nebraska defensive end Randy Gregory warmed up in a game in October. The Associated Press

Some might have been taken a bit by surprise with Nebraska edge rusher Randy Gregory’s Combine weight came in at 236 pounds.

And the 6-foot-6 outside linebacker/defensive end admitted Saturday that NFL teams have brought it up in interviews — even though that doesn’t necessarily make it a problem for the potential top-five pick.

“I think a lot of people were stuck on the 236 (weight), but I’ve heard some good things,” said Gregory, who had seven sacks in 11 games in 2014. “Going into the Pro Day, I am probably going to weigh a little bit more and I’ll be able to move obviously on the bag drills and things like that. Teams are not concerned about it.”

Most edge rushers in a 3-4 scheme, which Gregory probably projects best in, certainly weigh more than 236, but Gregory is not concerned about his ability to set the edge against the run at that weight.

“It’s just technique,” Gregory said. “At Nebraska, I was taught a lot about technique and that is one of the things I credit them with, preparing me for the next level. I think that is something a lot of guys at the next level take for granted, and don’t really focus on that.

“So me, even at 235 pounds, I still think I set the edge pretty well because of my technique and I think I use my strength well for what I weigh. I just did 24 on the bench so I’ll only get stronger.”

Regardless, Gregory reiterated that he shouldn’t have a problem adding weight for Nebraska’s Pro Day on March 5.

“I plan to be heavier on Pro Day,” Gregory said. “I can’t put an exact number on it. I’ve weighed anywhere from 230 to 258 before. I cam carry the weight, and can play at the weight.”

▪ One month after opening some eyes with a solid week at Senior Bowl practices, Kansas State receiver Tyler Lockett reinforced his reputation as a speedster with a 40-yard dash time of 4.40 seconds, which ranked fifth among all 39 participating receivers.

Lockett, who did not speak to the media at the Combine, is coming off a senior season in which he caught 106 passes for 1,515 yards and 11 touchdowns. He is projected to be a third-round pick by CBSSports.com.

▪ Mizzou running back Marcus Murphy who emerged as one of the nation’s best dual-threat running backs/return men this season, ran a 4.61 40-yard dash at the Combine, which ranked 15th among 31 participating running backs.

Murphy, who also checked in at 5 feet 8 and 193 pounds, is projected to be a seventh-round pick by CBSSports.com. He did not speak to the media at the Combine.

To reach Terez A. Paylor, call 816-234-4489 or send email to tpaylor@kcstar.com. Follow him on Twitter @TerezPaylor.

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