Fort Collins, CO--Colorado State University quarterback Garrett Grayson came out of his pro day on Monday pleased with the workout, “I’m happy with my performance today,” Grayson said. After suffering a hamstring injury and being unable to work out at the NFL combine last month, Grayson’s pro day represented the first chance scouts have had to get a good look at the 6’2’, 214lb senior, who rewrote the CSU record book over the past two seasons. Scouts from the Denver Broncos, Buffalo Bills, Minnesota Vikings, Miami Dolphins, Oakland Raiders, Cleveland Browns, New York Jets, Detroit Lions, Pittsburgh Steelers, and other NFL teams on hand to observe Grayson certainly weren’t disappointed.
Grayson spent the workout performing a wide range of drills and position work. He showed off impressive athleticism in the vertical jump, leaping 34 inches. Furthermore, Grayson posted a 121 inch broad jump, and an eye-popping, albeit unofficial, 4.54 40-yard dash. That number made the 23 year-old prospect especially happy, “I haven’t ran or sprinted since my injury…There were some people out there who said I’d be lucky to run a 40 in five seconds flat. So, I’m happy with what I ran.” Of course, Grayson recognizes the real reason so many teams have interest in him, “Quarterbacks don’t get paid to run 40s. They get paid to throw the ball.”
Grayson was equally impressive in his position work. Throwing to former teammate Charles Lovett, Grayson was clearly in his element. He completed 70-of-74 passes. Three incompletions were drops. Grayson looked sharp, whether he was throwing rollouts, post patterns, or deep balls. “I really wanted to show scouts that I could throw from under center. I wanted to show them I could make all the throws. I think I did that today.”
However, it wasn’t all roses. Grayson dealt with noticeable ball placement issues when throwing to the right side. While not uncommon with right handed quarterbacks, those kinds of issues could turn a second or third round talent into a sixth or seventh round pick. For his part, Grayson isn’t too worried about how the draft actually plays out, “Obviously, Winston and Mariota are number one and two. But, as a quarterback, you’re always out there fighting to be number one at your position, no matter who’s out there.”
Grayson is widely regarded as a top-five quarterback in this draft class. Many scouts and media analysts believe he’ll be the third best passer on the board when the NFL Draft kicks off on April 30th in Chicago. However, Grayson doesn’t think of himself as the third best at anything, “Me, Hundley (of UCLA), Bryce Petty (of Baylor) we’re all fighting for that three spot. I can guarantee all of those guys aren’t fighting for three, they’re fighting for number one.”
The immediate future isn’t the only thing Grayson isn’t all that concerned about. When asked about Chris Borland, a promising San Francisco 49ers linebacker who retired, due to concerns over head trauma and the long-term effects of playing football, after going through the same draft process just one year ago, Grayson was introspective.
“I’m probably in the safest position when it comes to that. So, I don’t have a huge concern with it. When that came out, I respected him for it. There are a lot of guys who will play through the concussions for the money. Then the rest of their life they’re beat up. I respect him for hanging it up. I don’t think I could do it. I love the game too much. That’s not to say he doesn’t. I just don’t think I could walk away at 24 years old. But, I’m in a good place when it comes to health.”
That’s a welcome answer for the scouts on hand who showed clear interest in Grayson. He’ll be busy throughout the next several weeks as well. Grayson is scheduled to fly out and visit Jon Gruden’s “QB Camp” on ESPN tomorrow night. And, according to ESPN’s Jeff Legwold, who also attended today’s pro day, Grayson is scheduled to work out individually with the San Diego Chargers, St. Louis Rams, and Miami Dolphins in the coming weeks.
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