Prospect Profile: Boomer Grigsby

Boomer Grigsby School: Illinois State
Ht: 5-11.5 Wt: 249 40: 4.64 Year: 5Sr

Bio:Four-year starter named Gateway Conference Defensive Player of the Year last season after totaling 129/8.5/3. Handed numerous All-Conference, All-American and national awards throughout his college career.

Positives: Hard-working, run-defending linebacker who leads by example. Quickly fills gaps upfield, displays explosion at the point of attack and wraps up tackling. Disciplined, stays with assignments and quick to key or diagnose the play. Efficient, takes good angles to the ball and moves well laterally. Solid job making the defensive calls. Displays speed in pursuit with the ability to chase plays out to the flanks. Gets depth on drops.

Negatives: Easily wired in blocks or caught in the trash scraping laterally. Does not show great speed on the blitz. Marginal coverage skills and hesitant reacting when the ball's in the air.

Analysis: Ultra-productive on a small-school level and a linebacker who can be used in a number of ways, Grigsby offers a lot of intangibles and intensity. Best off in a system that protects the linebackers and lets them freely flow to the ball. Potential backup whose playing style lends one to believe he'd be productive on special teams.

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