Will Grier

West Virginia
QB

Prospect Info

College
West Virginia
Hometown
Class
Charlotte, NC
r-Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 2"
217 lbs
31 1/2”
Hands
9 3/8”

Prospect Grade

5.43
NFL Backup or Special Teams Potential
How We Grade

2019 Draft Results

Drafted by
Carolina
Panthers
Round 3 ‧ Pick 37
40 Yard Dash
4.84u
Seconds
 
Bench Press
--
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
34.0
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
112.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
7.09
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.28
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
--
Seconds
 

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Grier was the Parade National High School Player of the Year in 2013 after throwing for 4,989 yards and a nation-best 77 touchdowns while also rushing for 1,251 yards and 13 scores. He played for his father, who was a backup quarterback at East Carolina and led Davidson Day School to multiple North Carolina state titles. Not surprisingly, Grier was highly-recruited, signing with Florida. He redshirted in 2014 and then started 5 of 6 games the following season, going 5-0 in those starts (106-161-65.8, 1,204 yards, 10 TD, three INT). He was suspended, however, for a year by the NCAA in October 2015, for taking a prohibited performance-enhancing supplement. While finishing out the suspension in 2016, Grier practiced with the Gators but wound up not playing at all during the year. Feeling unwanted by Florida coaches, he decided to transfer to West Virginia. Grier excelled in his first year with the Mountaineers, earning honorable mention All-Big 12 honors and ranking fifth in the FBS in passing efficiency, eighth with 34 passing TDs, and eighth with 317.3 passing yards per game (3,490 total). He completed 64.4 percent of his passes (250-388) while throwing 12 interceptions on the year. Grier was in the Heisman Trophy conversation most of his senior year, finishing among the national leaders in pass efficiency (175.5), touchdown passes (37), passing yards (3,864), and completion percentage (67.0, on 266-397 passing). He started 11 games in 2018 on his way to second-team All-Big 12 honors but skipped the team's bowl game to prepare for the draft.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Round 4
Overview
Grier benefited from the West Virginia system, but that same system definitely benefited from his time there. He is a confident leader who would much rather press for the big throw than play it safe underneath. His lack of plus arm talent and release quickness might not match his gunslinger mentality against an NFL secondary. Grier will have to win from the pocket, which means working the middle of the field with better anticipation and getting rid of the ball much sooner. His disappointing Senior Bowl and combine performances have likely hurt his stock.
Strengths
  • Highly organized and known as galvanizing locker room guy
  • Plays with attacking, downfield mindset
  • Made plays "close and late" against Texas and Oklahoma
  • Crafts successful pre-snap plans
  • Can get through entire slate of progressions
  • Early stares at safety to keep him away from help over the top
  • Confident and accurate in attacking the seam
  • Standard throws delivered with accuracy
  • Expedites process to attack when he sees coverage busts/flaws
  • Can pump and adjust when reads are altered
  • Possesses deep ball touch and accuracy to drop it on top of them in stride
  • Climbs and slides when the edge gets heated
  • Outstanding feel for timing and ball placement on fades.
Weaknesses
  • Average arm talent
  • Wind-up release with below-average operation time
  • Velocity suffers from lack of lower-body drive
  • Needs to be aware of late-developing blitz looks
  • Mechanics and consistency decline when under duress
  • Gets lazy with feet and throws off-platform
  • Doesn't make quick pocket escapes and sting defenses with his legs
  • Has issues with move accuracy
  • Costly red-zone interceptions over last two years in college
  • Too willing to take debilitating sacks
  • Must be willing to put away the cape and get rid of the ball
  • Excessive fumble total when hit during scrambles
Sources Tell Us

"You really like his character makeup and his confidence and the way he throws the deep ball. What you won't like is that so many of his throws are tied directly to scheme and pre-snap reads. His week at Senior Bowl outside of what he's used to is going to be big for him." -- National scout for NFC team

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GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league