Photo of Nate Gerry
Drafted By: Eagles

Combine Results

Grade
5.0 ?
  • 4.58 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 17 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 30.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 122.0 INCH
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

Gerry will need to make his mark on special teams to stick, but their depth is thin at the safety position. --Mark Dulgerian

  • 6'2" Height
  • 31 1/4" Arm Length
  • 218LBS. Weight
  • 9 1/4" Hands

Overview

In an unfortunate turn of events, Gerry was deemed ineligible for Nebraska's bowl game against Tennessee in the Music City Bowl on December 30th. He took responsibility for his mistake, apologizing for his lack of attention to his academics. Gerry always fulfilled his job duties on the field for the Cornhuskers, including in a 2016 regular season where he was named third-team All-Big Ten (68 tackles, 5.5 for loss, four interceptions and eight pass breakups.) He had been an honorable mention all-conference pick the previous two years (88 tackles, seven for loss, five INT in 2014; 79 tackles, four INT, seven PBU in 2015). Nebraska coaches got the South Dakota all-state pick and state 100-meter champion on the field right away in 2013, starting him three times at linebacker (32 tackles, two for loss).

Analysis

Strengths

Chiseled from granite. Controlled, downhill shuffle from the box to mirror running back. Plays with advanced instincts against both run and pass. Anticipates patterns and can play ahead of receiver's breaks. Will not hesitate to fire into the passing lane. Has soft hands with plus ball skills leading to thirteen career interceptions. Races into his run support work. Can adjust his run fits according to flow of the play. Decisive when triggering downhill from high safety position. Takes smart angles to the ball with a good feel for speed vs. space. Looks to make tackles near line of scrimmage. Played combo safety role and has experience with slot coverage.

Weaknesses

Plays with tightness in his lower half. Linear attacker with need for excessive gear-down to redirect his weight. Restricted strider with limited play range. Missed excessive amount of tackles over last two seasons. Lacks desired agility and change of direction in tight quarters to secure shifty runners. Slow to flip hips and accelerate down the field. Lacks speed, range and length to play single-high safety on pro level. Susceptible to separation when asked to work from backpedal.

Draft Projection

PFA

NFL Comparison

Shiloh Keo

Bottom Line

Rocked-up strong safety type who can play near the line of scrimmage and operate in zone coverage. Gerry's lack of reactive agility will limit him in man coverage and create inconsistencies as a tackler, but he's very instinctive and will get to more plays than he should. Gerry has the urgent play demeanor needed to become a consistent contributor on special teams and fit into a fourth or fifth safety spot.
-Lance Zierlein
C
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-9.00 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl to All-Pro Ability
6.50-6.99 Good NFL Starter with Pro Bowl Potential
6.00-6.49 Chance to become good NFL starter
5.70-5.99 Could become early NFL starter
5.30-5.69 Backup or eventual starter
5.15-5.29 Developmental prospect or special teams potential
5.01-5.14 Back end of the roster
5.00 50/50 Chance of making the roster

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