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Minnesota Vikings Apparently High On Randy Gregory

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The University of Nebraska held their Pro Day workouts on Thursday, and rumors are surfacing that the Minnesota Vikings spent an "extensive" amount of time with defensive end/outside linebacker Randy Gregory.

As things currently stand, Gregory is a consensus top-five pick. In fact, he doesn't appear at the #11 spot in any of the drafts in our most recent edition of the Mock Draft Database.

Vikings' defensive coordinator George Edwards was one of the coaches that was running Gregory's workout at the Pro Day, according to, and he apparently came away pretty impressed with Gregory's skills. The 6'5", 238-pound Gregory spent a lot of his time with the Cornhuskers rushing the passer, but went through the entire range of linebacker drills on Thursday at his workout.

With Gregory's size, it's easy to understand why teams might view him as more of an outside linebacker than a defensive end, particularly a team that primarily runs a 4-3 type of scheme like the Vikings do. Of course, if Gregory can show the kind of potential and versatility that he showed on Thursday, the chance of him somehow falling to #11 will be even less likely than they already appear to be.

Still, with the draft preparation season in full swing, and the silly season of free agency upon us, it's good to see that the Vikings are expanding their horizons a little bit in their hunt for prospects.