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Former Nebraska safety Nate Gerry said this week at the 2017 NFL Combine that teams like him as a linebacker rather than in the secondary.
Gerry had more interceptions in the past two seasons than any other Nebraska player and was named a first-team All-American by Pro Football Focus at safety. But teams liking Gerry as a linebacker isn’t the first time he has been looked at in that position. Former Nebraska coach Bo Pelini recruited Gerry to play linebacker.
Gerry was a 3-star athlete from Sioux Falls, S.D. He was the No. 52 athlete in the 2013 class and No. 1 player from South Dakota. He played wide receiver, safety and outside linebacker in high school.
As a true freshman at Nebraska, Gerry played linebacker. He started just one game, against Southern Miss, but played in every game. He finished the season with 32 tackles, 2 tackles for loss and 18 solo stops at linebacker. Gerry was moved to safety his sophomore season by Pelini and defensive coordinator John Papuchis.
But could Gerry’s experience at linebacker three years ago actually help him get drafted?
His linebacker background definitely helped him at safety. He was second on the team in tackles in 2016 and led the team in tackles in 2015. No doubt part of that was because of his nose for the ball and his ability to make plays in space.
Gerry isn’t a super popular name around Lincoln right now after he was ruled academically ineligible for the Music City Bowl. But with his background at linebacker, plus his credentials at safety, he could be Nebraska’s best bet to have a player drafted this season.
Nebraska offers defensive end
Nebraska offered 4-star prospect Ronnie Perkins on Monday.
— Ronnie Perkins (@Legendary11_) March 6, 2017
Perkins is a weak-side defensive end from Lutheran North High School in St. Louis. Perkins has 26 offers and is the No. 12 weak-side defensive end in the 2018 class. Perkins is 6-foot-4, 250 pounds and recently attended Iowa’s junior day.