All that needs to be said is Nathan Gerry is a bad, bad man.
Looking at Nathan Gerry, formerly of the Nebraska Cornhuskers and now with the Philadelphia Eagles, makes you want to use phrases that we honestly use too often. Truthfully you’ve heard terms like “freak”, “beast” and “man-child” probably more than you would have liked. Unfortunately, you’ll have to hear it again for the purposes of this story. Gerry is a beast. He’s a physical freak. During his days in Lincoln, he, sometimes, seemed like a man among boys.
Fast forward, and he’s now forever in the NFL Draft‘s history books as the Eagles made him their 5th-round selection and the 184th pick overall. He played safety in Lincoln and worked out with the defensive backs at the most recent NFL Combine. He figures to play strong safety in the NFL, but he can also play close to the line. Conventional wisdom would state we’d see him in nickel and dime packages, but we’ve been wrong before. Did we mention he played a little receiver in high school too?
Check out this highlight reel, courtesy of GM6ix Productions, and you decide how to rank him. If interested, you can check out more GM6ix highlights by checking out their YouTube page.
We can add another term to those that describe “The White Snake”. How about “head hunter”. As he’s adjusting to the NFL game, don’t be surprised if you see a couple of flags and 15-yard penalties, but truthfully, most Eagles fans will take that.
Inside the numbers:
Gerry totaled 74 tackles, eight passes defensed and four interceptions in his final season at the collegiate level. That gives him 273 total tackles (163 were solo), two sacks and 13 interceptions for his career in Nebraska. All of this while opposing offenses were doing everything to avoid him in his final year in the Big Ten. Learning from Malcolm Jenkins and Rodney McLeod will be of great benefit to the young man as well. We’ll all be waiting to see how the young man develops in the green, black, white and silver, but so far, no one has any complaints about this selection.
Tom Osborne would be proud.