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Cody Grimm (LB)
  • Height:
    6'1"
  • Weight:
    203 lbs.
  • Arm Length:
    30 1/2 in.
  • Hand Size:
    9 5/8 in.
  • College:
    Virginia Tech
  • Conference:
    ACC
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Selected by: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Round: 7
Pick (Overall): 3 (210)
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Pick Analysis: The Bucs add a high-motor safety with good toughness with the selection of Cody Grimm. As a gritty player with limited athleticism, Grimm will need to make his contributions initially as a core special teamer for the Bucs.

Overview

Grimm was a first-year starter for the Hokies. Cody is a short, stocky player with good athleticism. He lacks pop and power as a run-support player and gets engulfed at the linebacker position. He has good balance and lateral agility but lacks great range for a player of his dimensions. He is a solid reactor as plays unfold and understands angles and how to leverage the football. He reads route progressions well but is going to be a liability in man-coverage schemes due to his height, as well as his burst and pure speed. Grimm comes from a great football family -- his father is Cardinals assistant head coach Russ Grimm -- and wins with toughness, intelligence, instincts and effort but likely will be a backup and core special-teams player in the NFL.


Strengths

Tough kid who plays bigger than his measurables. Reads fast and has a nose for the ball. Takes good pursuit angles and is a technically sound tackler. Reads quarterback's eyes dropping in zone coverage and can jump underneath routes. Athletic enough to stick with tight ends in man coverage.

Weaknesses

Lacks adequate height and bulk and does not have the top end speed to make plays all over the field. Struggles to disengage from blockers and can be blown out of the play. Does not locate balls in the air well and will not make picks. A bit stiff in the hips and will be exposed by wide receivers at the next level in man coverage.

Grade

2.0

 
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