Will Grier, QB, 6-1, 218, 4.62 (40 yards), redshirt senior
Expectations for 2018:
First and foremost, NFL teams want to see Grier play the entire 2018 college football season. After redshirting in 2014 at Florida, he started just five games in 2015 for the Gators before a one-year PED suspension. Grier left Gainesville and transferred to West Virginia, sitting out the 2016 season. He had his best season in 2017, but missed most of the last three games after surgery on the middle finger of his throwing hand.
With David Sills (tied for the FBS lead with 18 receiving touchdowns last season) and Gary Jennings (team-high 97 catches and 1,096 yards) returning to the Mountaineers in 2018, Grier will be surrounded with plenty of firepower. Assuming he stays on the field, the passing production should be among the best in the country. However, consistency (specifically with his decision-making, mechanics and pocket awareness) will be the key to his NFL scouting report. Grier enters his senior season as a possible second-day draft pick.
What the 2017 tape says:
Competing in the same conference as Baker Mayfield and Mason Rudolph, Grier wasn't often mentioned when debating the top quarterbacks in the Big 12 last season. But he led the Big 12 in passing touchdowns per game (3.1) and ranked third in passing yards per game (317.3).
Grier is a rhythm passer and once he finds his groove, he will carve up the defense. He is a nimble athlete within the pocket to elude rushers, reset and find targets downfield. Grier has a live arm with excellent zip in the intermediary passing game to hit tight windows. There is no doubt he benefited from the wide receiver talent on the roster, but Grier often put the ball in position for his targets to make plays.
While he posted terrific numbers last season and the highlights are encouraging, Grier needs to improve his consistency to convince NFL scouts he has pro starting potential. Too often he throws without a foundation and his poor base mechanics lead to erratic throws. Grier belongs in gamblers anonymous with some of his downfield decisions, tossing up prayers and hoping his receiver comes down with it. He does a nice job keeping his eyes downfield, but often at the expense of not seeing or feeling the impending rush, holding the ball too long and taking too many hits.
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