"Xavier Grimble - Tight End - USC
Size - 6040v - 257v - 4.75e
Strong Points - Size, hands, has long arms and big hands, catches the ball well, good runner after the catch
Weak Points - Plays like a one speed guy, no burst, adequate routes, doesn't show strength or power in his blocking
2013 Stats - 25 catches - 271 yards - two TDs
Summation - Grimble is a fourth-year junior and has shared starts in each of his three years playing. He red-shirted as a true freshman for developmental reasons.
He has excellent tight end size, measuring in at the Combine at 6040- 257 with long arms and big hands (10.25). Looking at tape, I would say Grimble is a good, but not great athlete. He has a little tightness to his movement and is a one speed runner. You don't see a burst while underway. His change of direction is adequate.
As a receiver, he shows a good release. He has the strength to fight off a jam. He is not a fluid route runner, but he can break down to make a cut and is adequate at getting separation. He does a good job finding the open area in zone defenses. He has good hands with the ability to adjust to a poorly thrown ball. With his long arms, he shows a good receiving radius. He is used mainly as a short receiver and is fairly effective in that role.
Grimble is not a strong blocker. He is willing, but he lacks the explosive power to get movement on a consistent basis. He is more of a position blocker. He can get to the second level and adjust on the move but, again, just gets position. In pass protection, he can mirror but has just average anchor.
I do not see Grimble as a starter at the next level. He has enough speed to be a move tight end, but I have doubts that he can line up at Y and be effective. More of a mid-round type of player.
Grade - B 6.4 "