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Washington Redskins 2017 Draft Profiles: Nate Gerry, S

Hogs Haven takes a look at 2017 NFL prospects that could contribute to the Redskins

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Nate Gerry, S
School: Nebraska | Conference: BIG-10
College Experience: Senior | Age: 22
Height / Weight: 6-1 / 214 lbs
Projected Draft Status: Late Rounds
NFL Comparison: Rashad Johnson

College Statistics

Player Overview

Nate Gerry is an intriguing safety prospect for a couple of reasons. The dude is cut up and apparently showed up to the Senior Bowl in tip top shape. Gerry has the size and athleticism to arguably play both safety positions. He has consistent interception and passes defended production ever since he became a starter at Nebraska which is highly encouraging and suggests he really does see the field. What I think ultimately pushes Garry down the board so far is his inconsistent tackling technique and inconsistent play speed from a football standpoint.

Garry will also face a lot of questions about multiple suspensions during his time with the Huskers. One of which is academic related. He received a failing grade and said he “thought he would be thrown a bone" but it didn't happen and Garry was suspended for a bowl game this past year. The other is related to an undisclosed violation of team rules. Garry will have to answer a lot of questions about discipline, selfishness, and responsibility at the combine.

Strengths

  • Great instincts for the position. It appears he really sees the field in its entirety when in coverage. Makes good breaks on the ball and finds himself in the right position.
  • Plus hands hauling it some impressive interceptions.
  • Proficient in zone coverage and understands space and angles.

Weaknesses

  • A Decent athlete at the position but not a guy you can trust at this point to get on top of speedy NFL WRs. Gerry’s understanding of coverages could help mitigate some blown coverages but he isn't winning a footrace against Beckham Jr.
  • Despite Gerry’s yolked up appearance I’d like him to put in some more work with strength training. It would help him fight through blocks and create more pop when he makes his tackles.
  • Needs to would on his talking technique and consistency.
  • Would like to see his takeaway production diversified more. Though Gerry was very consistent at breaking up passes this year his interception production came in bunches in two games.

Let’s see his work:

How He Would Fit On The Redskins

Gerry is a converted linebacker who does have the mental ability and smarts to play the safety position at the next level. He isn’t an elite athlete but his understanding of coverages and space will allow him to make some plays at the next level. Gerry is going to have to catch on with a team with his efforts on special teams. I am confident he can work his way onto an active roster that way. It will give the kid time to progress and work on some of the physical aspects of his game. While he won’t get any faster some project Gerry at the more and more common S/LB hybrid role. If that's the case I think he will really have to work on his strength training and add a few more pounds. Probably more importantly he needs to become more consistent and refined in his tackling technique.

As far as his fit on the Redskins I can’t see him being more than the special teams player I mentioned. Gerry has the potential to work his way into a solid backup role as either a SS or a S/LB hybrid but I think his lack of physical skills at this time will be exploited by NFL WR’s and RBs. Now is the time to insert my proverbial caveat of “that doesn’t mean he can’t get better”. He can but it will take a few years of development with a patient team with a good defensive staff.