Photo of Jermaine Grace
Grade
4.96 ?

Draft Analysis:

  • 5'11" Height
  • 209LBS. Weight

Overview

Miami's leading tackler in 2015 did not get to finish his career with the Hurricanes in 2016, as he was dismissed with teammate Al-Quadin Muhammad after breaking NCAA rules through their dealings with an exotic car rental agency. He did graduate, as Miami allowed him to stay on scholarship in the fall, then decided to leave for the NFL instead of attempting to be reinstated. Grace started his career as a special teams player in 2013 (eight tackles) and then was an oft-used back-up linebacker as a sophomore (60 tackles, 6.5 for loss, three sacks). He was the 'Canes top linebacker as a junior, racking up 79 tackles, six for loss, two sacks, and five pass break-ups.

Analysis

Strengths

Good athletic ability. Can mirror running backs along their track and redirect himself when it's time to change directions. Fluid with the play speed to chase from sideline to sideline and make tackles down the field. Looks for opportunities to play downhill. Plays with patience, but will race into a gap when he gets a chance. Tackles with a wide base and strikes from his hips into a wrap-up tackle. Has stronger base than expected for his size. Lands first with his hands. Uses quick punch and extension to keep from being engulfed by size. Has upper body strength to shed blockers and look for the ball. Has quickness and agility to cover man-to-man in space. Had nine special teams tackles as a sophomore.

Weaknesses

Built like a safety with a thin waist and an angular frame. Unlikely to carry desired weight for the position as a pro. Will misread his keys and get taken out of position by misdirection. Instincts are average and he can be a little slow to diagnose and chase. Finds himself engaged in blocks that he should be able to race in front of. Gets shoulders turned in his lateral pursuit and can be washed down and out of the play in space. Needs to play with better knee bend to maintain his leverage as a hitter. Missed all of 2016 after being dismissed from the team for improper benefit violations.

Draft Projection

PFA

Bottom Line

Grace has the athleticism play speed to carry him around the field and to the ball, but he could be hard-pressed to find an NFL team who is willing to draft him considering his lack of functional weight. He was a linebacker coming out of high school so it is unlikely that a team will see him as a hybrid safety/linebacker on the next level. His cover skills and special teams ability will have to be sharp to open a door in camp to make a roster.
-Lance Zierlein
C
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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