His cousin, Jalen Grimble, plays defensive line at Oregon State. Another cousin, Barkevious Mingo, plays for the Cleveland Browns. Grimble was a Parade and USA Today All-American who won football and basketball state titles at Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas. Redshirted in 2010 after he hurt his ankle during fall camp. Started 7 of 12 games in 2011 and recorded 15 receptions for 144 yards (9.6-yard average) and four touchdowns. Started 9 of 13 games in 2012 and snagged 29 catches for 316 yards (10.9) and five TDs. Missed time during 2013 spring practice because of a fractured rib. In the fall, started 6 of 13 games and caught 25 passes for 271 yards (10.8) and two TDs. Sprained his shoulder against Arizona, then sprained his ankle against Notre Dame and missed the Utah contest. At the combine, did not lift because of a right shoulder injury and did not perform any running because of a strained left calf.
Has a good frame for the position -- room to pack on bulk. Can work the middle of the field, take a hit and maintain possession. Good hands -- can extend to catch and is a reliable short-to-intermediate receiver. Has the look of a throwback with the ball in his hands -- rumbles downfield and is a load to bring down. Shows willingness as a blocker and potential to be functional with improved strength and technique.
Needs to get stronger and could use more glass in his diet. Average balance. Narrow-based, underpowered, in-line blocker -- gets manhandled and tossed aside. Releases tall and mechanically -- too easily jammed and rerouted. Linear mover who builds to speed. Has been dinged up and durability could be an issue. Recorded a 26 1/2-inch vertical jump, lowest of any tight end at the combine. Recorded a 4.85-second 20-yard shuttle time at his pro day, demonstrating poor agility.
Round 7-Priority free agent
Big-framed, underpowered, underachieving tight end who did not live up to expectations at USC and made a curious decision to forgo his final season of eligibility despite producing a modest 25-271-2 (10.8) during an injury-affected 2013 campaign. Has size and enough athletic ability and hands to warrant developmental consideration.