QB Will Grier, West Virginia

6’3” – 217 lbs. – 4.84
Originally attended Florida, redshirting in his first season, then split time with Treon Harris the following year, finishing with 1,204 yards, ten touchdowns, and three interceptions (65.8%, 7.5 YPA); won the starting job, but ended up being suspended for performance-enhancing drugs. Transferred to West Virginia and sat out the 2016 season, then stepped into the starting lineup for the Mountaineers, posting 3,490-34-12 (64.4%, 9.0 YPA), then went 3,864-37-8 (67.0%, 9.7) in his senior season. Smaller quarterback who lined up in the shotgun and ran an offense predicated upon quick, predetermined throws out of spread formations. Throws from a wide base, although he doesn’t always transfer weight effectively to the front foot before getting the ball out, leading to underthrown passes. Going to be making a big adjustment at the pro level in terms of working from under center; even taking snaps from the shotgun, rarely made more than a three-step drop, primarily just setting up his base and getting the ball out. What he puts on tape with regard to footwork on drops looks good. Light on his feet. Has good pocket presence, climbing the pocket against outside pressure instead of rolling out. Able to slip through some would-be tacklers and extend the play, keeping his eyes downfield. Gets the ball out quickly, both because of his quick delivery and because he was playing in an offense which emphasized getting the ball out quickly to a specific target. Has a high release point but can modify his release and drop down if needed. Most of his throws come within ten yards of the line of scrimmage. Rhythm-based passer with pretty good ball placement to all levels of the field when operating with a clean pocket; accuracy suffers if he’s asked to make throws on the run or doesn’t step into his throws. Keeps the ball in a spiral with an appropriate amount of touch; very catchable balls. However, arm strength is just adequate. Might struggle to thread the needle into tight coverage, and his deep balls tend to be anticipatory throws downfield. Wasn’t really asked to rifle many passes outside the hashes. Reportedly struggled to throw in windy conditions at the Senior Bowl. A pretty accurate passer with a quick release; was asked to execute a brilliantly-designed offense predicated on short rhythm throws over the middle and shots lobbed down the sidelines, but who lacks ideal size and arm strength and will have a big adjustment to make at the pro level. Second-day candidate.

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