Randy Gregory to turn pro

According to a report by ESPN, Nebraska defensive end Randy Gregory has declared for the NFL draft.

After not commenting on the subject after Saturday night's bowl loss to USC, Nebraska junior defensive end Randy Gregory has told ESPN he is declaring for the draft.

"I'm ready for the next challenge in my life," Gregory said in an email to the news outlet. "I look forward to the coaching I will receive and the chance to push myself alongside the best players in the world. Thank you to my coaches from all levels, the Nebraska fans, my teammates, and my family who have supported me from the start."

Gregory recorded four tackles against the Trojans, to finish the year with 54 tackles and 7.0 sacks. He also recorded 10 tackles for loss in 12 games this season. His play earned him AP second-team All-American honors.

"He has the frame, the length and the athleticism you look for in a player," said Scout.com draft guru Jamie Newborn. "I have him going 4th overall to Oakland...He could go high as No. 3 to Jacksonville. He could slip a little bit as well. It will really depend on the scheme that the team runs and where they see him fitting in."

Outgoing Nebraska defensive coordinator John Papuchis was asked about his thoughts on Gregroy as a player and if he was ready for the next level on Saturday night.

“He’s unique. He’s one of the most dynamic pass rushers I have seen,” said Papuchis. “He’s a tough competitor and he brings a lot to the table in so many ways. His skill set is so unique, I think somebody at the next level is going to find themselves a great football player."

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