Round 2, Pick No. 56: Will Grier (QB) West Virginia
Oh predicting the New England Patriots take a quarterback. This is the second year in a row I’ve mocked a QB to New England, and for the love of everyone’s sanity, I hope that I am finally correct.
I have been very vocal about the fact the Patriots need to look for an heir to Tom Brady throne. TB12 will be 42 by seasons start and is not getting any younger. Tom can have all the avocados he wants, but the fact remains that he is up there in age for a professional athlete sense, and one hit could legitimately end his career.
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Coming back from a serious injury at this age for an athlete is really unheard of, and after nearly two decades of taking hits in the NFL, it is a real risk the team needs to take more seriously. It is also obviously important Bradys successor can learn from Tom, as I think it would be quite beneficial to learn from the best to ever do it. Anyway, back to the draft.
Will Grier started off as a cocky kid who got kicked off the Florida Gator football team but slowly transformed into a successful young man at West Virginia who was widely respected by his peers. Grier developed into a really good football player and should be drafted as such. His main issue is just being able to translate his skills to the next level.
Grier is a solid 6″2 but has a more athletic frame than most. He can escape pressure from the pocket and delivers a good ball on the run. Grier is widely praised for his deep ball accuracy and overall pretty solid ball placement.
Grier has a lower grade to scouts because he does not have that “wow” arm, and has a below average release point. A lot of what he did at West Virginia was simple schematics, and not based on his own mental processing. WVU has always had an excellent “air raid” offense, and they can make pretty average players look excellent.
Will Grier has to prove it is him that is special and not just the system, and I think New England is the perfect place to do that. He is far from a “plug and play” at QB, but a year or two under Tom Brady could do him wonders. Grier has something to prove, and I see him to a New England a perfect fit in that regard.