Grissom shows off hands, defensive skills

Sooners' linebacker participates as tight end at OU Pro Day

One of the worst things that could have happened to Oklahoma tight end Blake Bell was to be surprised two weeks ago – the Sooners’ Pro day in Norman.

That’s exactly what he got, although it ultimately had nothing to do with his workout.

When he lined up for position-oriented drills – catching passes and running routes – he had a teammate line up behind him.

Trying to take every chance to be seen by NFL scouts, Sooners’ linebacker Geneo Grissom caught passes as a tight end.

“I just really wanted to show my versatility, show that I’m an athlete and I can be used on a team in many different ways,” Grissom said.

Grissom, who played tight end before switching to defensive end and ultimately settling on linebacker for his senior year, looked smooth in his routes and showed surprisingly good hands for a player who hadn’t taken a live snap or even run a route in almost three years.

Bell made the switch to tight end and is seen as a late-round pick as a tight end, thought Grissom’s play at the position was good – even if just for three or four routes.

“I didn’t really know he was working out with us,” Bell said. “. . . It’s good for him. He looked good out there. Geneo always looks fluid and athletic in whatever he does.”

Grissom caught passes for only about half the time as Bell before stepping out and preparing for the position he knows he’ll likely play in the NFL.

The next few weeks before the NFL Draft will be an anxious month for Grissom, who posted some of the best numbers amongst defensive ends at the NFL Scouting Combine.

He said he hasn’t heard very many bad reviews from scouts, but he knows there are some naysayers out there.

Grissom bettered his distance in the board jump (118 inches) and mirrored his time in the 40-yard dash (4.82 seconds) on Wednesday. He was slowed in the 20-yard shuttle and the 3-cone drill. His 60-yard shuttle times was much faster, though.

Now, it’s just a waiting game for Grissom – waiting for a team and maybe still a position.

“I would definitely say nervous,” Grissom said. “At this point, it’s just feel anxious and wondering where exactly I’m going to end up. I’m not going to stress out about it. God has a plan. It’s exciting. At this point, there are no more big days to look forward to, except for the draft.”

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