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Tracking former Huskers work at the Combine

There are varying opinions on just how much should be taken from a player's NFL Combine results when assessing their professional futures, but there is no denying that it's a tool NFL talent evaluators absolutely use when making their decisions on draft day. For better or worse, a player's performance in Indianapolis can shoot him up draft board or cause his stock to crumble.
Three Huskers get the opportunity this weekend to prove their merit to the NFL general managers, coaches and scouts in attendance. Randy Gregory could solidify his status as a top five pick. Ameer Abdullah could elevate himself a notch above a glut of very talented running backs and push himself into discussion for the second round. And Kenny Bell could remove himself from the late-round/free agent fringe and ascend into the middle rounds.
HuskerOnline be monitoring the progress of all three Huskers here. Running backs and receivers are conducting their drill work Saturday, while Gregory will conduct his on-field work Sunday. We'll continue to monitor and update as more results come in.
Randy Gregory
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Putting and keeping on weight was one of Gregory's biggest issues at Nebraska, but his pre-draft work seems to have him in a more acceptable range. He's still on the light side for an NFL defensive end, but he's working out with the linebackers at the Combine and the general perception is his athleticism makes him a better fit as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme. He could still probably stand to add a few pounds. His height and long arms allowed him to bat down four passes last year, and he could get better at that with time.
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Ameer Abdullah
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Abdullah weighed in at 198 pounds at the Senior Bowl a month ago, where former scout and NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah said Abdullah wasn't too small to be a productive NFL back. To no one's surprise, the two-time Nebraska Lifter of the Year worked hard in the last month to add both weight and strength.
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Not surprisingly, Abdullah had one of the highest bench numbers among running backs. His 40 time isn't anything to write home about (11th among backs), but Abdullah has always been more about quickness and dexterity than straight-line speed. He put his athletic ability on display in the remaining drills - he had the best scores among running backs in the three-cone drill and the 20-yard shuttle, and his time in the 60-yard shuttle was bested only by Melvin Gordon and Jay Ajayi. Abdullah more than proved himself athletically Saturday.
Kenny Bell
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Like Abdullah, Bell clearly worked to put on weight - he played at a listed 185 pounds at Nebraska, and reportedly looked noticeably stronger in Indianapolis. Bell surprisingly pulled out of the Shrine Game, saying he wanted to spend the time training instead. It seemed a questionable decision at the time, but the added weight should help boost Bell's stock and will hopefully make him less susceptible to nagging injuries.
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Bell had an excellent day Saturday. He flashed excellent straight-line speed in the 40, ranking among noted speedsters Amari Cooper, Sammie Coates and Devin Smith. Only Chris Conley and Jaelen Strong posted better verticals, and his broad jump ranked fourth among receivers. Bell still has work to do, but his stock is undoubtedly higher than it was 48 hours ago.
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