Will Grier is a thrilling passer but can be erratic with a funky arm motion, his running ability and his lack of pin-point accuracy. Many expected Grier to already leave for the NFL after last year’s season but the West Virginia Mountaineer went back to school and finished his Senior year. Did that ultimately hurt his draft stock? We will find out.
Tape: Will Grier vs. Tennessee (2018)
Strengths: Has the accuracy and mental processing for the NFL. Mobile and always looking to use legs as an alternative method to buy himself time to throw rather than running the ball. Reads defenses well and puts the right amount of touch on his throws to make all the throws all over the field. Has no problem throwing off-base and throwing with accuracy as well as placement. Anticipates well about where his receiver will be which is one of his best traits. Rhythm passer.
Weaknesses: Doesn’t have a lot of experience in anything other than a shotgun based and high octane offense. Doesn’t have much experience against true zone coverages. Mechanical flaws lead to inaccuracies and inconsistencies that appear to be the only thing truly holding him back.
My Draft Grade: Late 2nd – Early 3rd-round
Best Fit: Team that operates a west-coast style offense. Can Grier start day one? If you’re desperate. He could really benefit from sitting a year or so. He absolutely needs to work on his overall mechanics, his delivery takes much too long and will set himself up to get crushed by defensive players with the lack of suddenness to get rid of it. You simply need a quicker release to have success in the NFL.
Player Comparison: Less-refined Baker Mayfield