ON THE CLOCK: Geneo Grissom

Sooners' linebacker will need to show he can standout at one position in the NFL

The 2015 NFL Draft is on the horizon. For a handful of Sooners, there’s a chance to have their name called during the three-day stretch starting on April 30.

There have been 33 players from Oklahoma drafted since 2009, and the Sooners have the fifth-highest percentage of starters – with more than one year as a starter – drafted into the NFL (38 percent) in that same time period.

There are some Sooners looking to follow in those footsteps in this year’s draft.

-------------- Linebacker Geneo Grissom --------------

The hyper-utility defensive player for the Sooners has a chance to be a solid NFL contributor. That won’t begin as a professional full-time starter.

Grissom will be drafted as a special teams contributor first, but there’s still so much room for him to develop. He’s active and plays with a high motor but is still prone to mistakes because of that. He still has a body ready to play on a kick-off coverage unit today.

In five years at Oklahoma, Grissom has played just about every position on the defensive line in some capacity before dropping into a linebacker as a redshirt senior. His diversity is his biggest strength for the NFL Draft, which is why he caught passes at Oklahoma’s Pro Day.

His diversity – playing on both a one-gap and two-gap defensive front while also playing a run-stuffing, pass-rushing and 5-technique lineman – is also Grissom’s greatest weakness because it has caused his development at a specific position to be slowed. His numbers are great, and Grissom’s 10-yard split of 1.62 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the combine was special.

Grissom’s draft position is so much on shear potential. Somebody will want to take a risk.

Now Trending: ⇈ -- Interest in Grissom is increasing as he would fit with teams like the Oakland Raiders, the Minnesota Vikings and the Chicago Bears.

Closest NFL player comparison: Frank Alexander, Carolina Panthers - Grissom has athletic ability to play in the league but will need time to develop. He’s similar to the former Sooner in that regard, but he’s still a tweener.

Sooners’ Illustrated’s final, fun yet oddly exact NFL Draft prediction: Fifth Round - 142th overall to the Chicago Bears.


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