The list for the NFL Combine in Indianapolis was just released, and only two Nebraska Cornhuskers alumni from last year will be there.
Tight end Cethan Carter and safety Nate Gerry will be making the trip to Lucas Oil Field from Feb. 28 to March 6.
Carter, who played only 10 games for the Huskers last year, had 19 catches for 190 yards last season and one touchdown. The New Orleans native finished his Husker Career with 59 receptions for 744 yards and 4 TD’s, with most of those results coming from his Junior season.
Here’s what NFL.com’s profile on Carter currently says:
A highly-recruited multi-purpose offensive player out of Louisiana, Carter eschewed advances from schools like LSU and Miami to go to the Midwest. He got on the field right away, playing in every game and starting six, catching 10 passes for 127 yards. His sophomore season was derailed by a mid-season foot injury, though he started eight games and caught six passes for 98 yards and one score. Cornhusker coaches sat Carter and four other teammates for the 2015 season opener because they violated team rules. He started 11 games that year, though, snatching 24 balls for 329 yards and two scores to garner honorable mention honors from Big Ten media members. Carter also missed significant time in 2016 with an elbow injury but still was voted honorable mention All-Big Ten in 10 games played (19-190, TD).
Gerry, who was suspended for both the Fresno State game and the Music City Bowl, sported 47 tackles for the Huskers last season. He also snagged 4 interceptions in his final season with the Huskers. Overall, Gerry started 40 of the 50 games he participated in for Nebraska, sporting 273 tackles with 2 sacks. He also was attributed with 19 pass breakups and 13 interceptions in his Huskers career.
Here’s what NFL.com’s profile on Gerry currently says:
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).
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.
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.
The NFL combine will be televised on the NFL Network, and you’ll be able to see their workouts. We’ll have more about Nebraska’s draft prospects the closer we come to the NFL Draft.