Will Grier, West Virginia
Will Grier is an interesting study.
The former Florida Gators freshman sensation and West Virginia transfer can fill up the stat sheet and make all the throws, but he doesn’t have the strongest arm in the draft and will make a couple of head-scratching plays just about every game.
With that said, Grier is a gamer and can get the job done with his arm or legs. He’s coming from a program at West Virginia that really diminished his strengths, and he’ll be working at the Senior Bowl with Kyle Shanahan and his staff in a West Coast offense which has been very favorable to quarterbacks who don’t necessarily have all-world physical traits.
How Grier responds to the environment in Mobile will be very interesting to monitor. He had 71 touchdown passes over the past two seasons with the Mountaineers and in some games looked like a possible first-round player. In others, well, he didn’t.
Grier putting himself on the map so early at Florida and showing off his natural playmaking ability as well as his immediate high level of production at West Virginia lead me to believe he can excel early in the NFL, but we’ll have to wait and see.
I expect him to be one of the bigger boom or bust players from this year’s crop at Mobile.