Photo of Kamu Grugier-Hill
Drafted By: Patriots
Grade
5.08 ?

Draft Analysis:

Patriots find a "numbers" player who blew up the pre draft process. He can be a depth fit inside their 34 packages. --Mark Dulgerian

  • 6'2" Height
  • 215LBS. Weight

Analysis

Strengths

Explosive, quick-­twitch athlete. Has superior chase speed and burst to the ball carrier. Possesses above average stop/start quickness. Combines quick feet and loose hips for plus agility. Range to ball carriers will be well above average. Instant reaction time once he diagnoses play. Finds the ball after the snap and stays locked in. Wrap up tackler who likes to body up as a finisher. Aggressive enough to stay at linebacker as a pro. Monster pro day with 38 1/2-inch vertical leap and 4.45 40. Has burst to become dangerous blitzer.

Weaknesses

Must prove he can play heavier. Lacks play strength for the linebacker spot. Absorbs too much contact by lead blockers. Needs to play with better hands and learn to jolt and shed at point of attack. Can be engulfed and will struggle to disengage at times. Turns shoulders and runs rather than scraping with square pads. Some lack of awareness in zone coverage.

Draft Projection

Round 7 or priority free agent

Bottom Line

When you are 6-foot-2, run a 4.45 and post the type of explosion numbers Grugier­-Hill did at his pro day, you get late-draft attention, especially as a linebacker with ridiculous range. His lack of natural size and strength is a concern, but could be covered up as a 4­3 WILL linebacker. If he can get his weight up, he might be able to project inside in a 3-­4 defense as long as he’s kept clean. Has a shot to be a day three selection and make an NFL team.
-Lance Zierlein
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-9.00 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl to All-Pro Ability
6.50-6.99 Good NFL Starter with Pro Bowl Potential
6.00-6.49 Chance to become good NFL starter
5.70-5.99 Could become early NFL starter
5.30-5.69 Backup or eventual starter
5.15-5.29 Developmental prospect or special teams potential
5.01-5.14 Back end of the roster
5.00 50/50 Chance of making the roster

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