One of the more interesting players in this year’s NFL Draft is quarterback Garrett Grayson form Colorado State. After watching Garrett at the Senior Bowl this week and viewing tape, I’m convinced that he will be a good NFL quarterback. Yes, he still needs some seasoning and technique work, but he has a lot going for him, and I highly doubt he gets past the second round.
Grayson is a fourth-year senior and started a total of 36 games while at Colorado State. He showed improvement every year with 2014 being his best year statistically. For the season, he completed 270 of 420 passes for 4006 yards, 32 touchdowns and only seven interceptions. For his career, he completed 609 of 980 throws for 7930 yards, 54 touchdowns and 25 interceptions. His completion percentage went up every year with Garrett completing 66% of his throws this year and a little over 62% for his career.
Grayson has good size at 6022 – 215. He has the frame to easily carry another 5 to 10 pounds. He is very athletic with quick feet, good change of direction, and good speed. I would estimate that he will run the 40 in the 4.70 range and maybe even a little faster.
I feel he needs a little work on his throwing mechanics. While he has a quick release, he has a tendency to drop the ball down before he goes through his throwing motion. His delivery is also a bit wide instead of straight over the top. Still, once he makes a decision, he gets the ball out of his hand very quickly. He has good-to-very-good arm strength and, for the most part, throws a tight ball. Part of that can be attributed to his very big hands. His hands measured 10 ¼ at the senior bowl.
At Colorado State, Grayson usually played from a spread offense, but there were some plays when he took snaps and threw while playing from under center. With his quick feet, he can set up quickly and shows poise and patience in the pocket. In the Colorado State offense, he shows he can go through a full progression. While there are some half field plays, he shows he can be productive when having to see the whole field.
Mostly, he is a good decision maker who does a good job finding the open receiver. He shows he can look off one receiver and come back to another. He is not the type to force many throws into traffic. The Colorado State offense is a quickly paced offense, and many of his throws are of the shorter variety with bubble screens and short crossing routes being a staple of the offense. Still, when given the opportunity, he is a good downfield passer who shows both good accuracy and ball placement. He has the arm strength to easily complete a 50 yard plus throw.
I really like Grayson's athleticism. He can buy time in the pocket with his feet and is capable if he has to take off and run. He has good run skills, and with his speed and agility is capable of getting some long runs. He has a good feel for pass rushers and shows good escape pass rusher. Still, he takes his fair share of sacks.
Grayson is an intriguing prospect. I liked the way he handled himself at the senior bowl practices. He showed he had the intangibles to lead. From what I have seen, it wouldn’t surprise me if a team drafted Grayson in the first round, but I would feel more comfortable taking him in the second. Derek Carr from Fresno was a second round pick a year ago and was the best rookie quarterback in this past class. If Grayson had played at a football power like Oregon, USC or Alabama, he would have a lot more notoriety than he has now.
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