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2019 Jaguars NFL Draft Profile: West Virginia QB Will Grier

Christopher Thornton

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Former Florida Gators and current West Virginia Mountaineers QB Will Grier was a helluva prospect to evaluate. At times he would make throws that would make your jaw drop in awe. Other passes, you merely asked yourself, “What did you even see there?” or “Why would you ever make that throw?”. Now the question to be asked is, Should the Jaguars Draft QB Will Grier?

 

The Prospect

D.O.B- 04/03/95 (23 years old)

Height- 6-2

Weight- 223 lbs

Career Stats:

TD/INT- 81/23 | Yards- 8556 | Comp %- 65.7 | Rating- 165.2

2018 Stats:

TD/INT- 37/8 | Yards- 3864 | Comp %- 67.0 | Rating- 175.5

 

Below, you’re going to get a healthy dosage of what QB Will Grier brings to the table. You’ll see some good, some bad and some downright ugly plays.

 

The Good

 

The key part to look at this play is watch Grier go through his progressions on this play. Seems to go through about 3-4 reads before hitting his wide receiver hands in the hands for a drop.

 

 

One thing that Will Grier excels at is premiere ball placement. Some QB’s can easily overthrow this pass or underthrow and not allow the wide receiver to catch in stride. But not Grier, Grier has an uncanny ability to put the ball is the ridiculous windows.

 

 

Third down and Grier takes a shot to his favorite receiver in David Sills. Grier put the ball in an absolute gem of a spot and allowed Sills to use his big frame and height to make an easy catch over the DB who was in great coverage as well.

 

 

Although not a completion, Grier hits Sills right in the hands a good 40+ yards down the field in what was also excellent coverage by the DB. Grier shows game in and game out his ball placement ability on throws like these.

 

 

*Kisses hand*

This is art by Will Grier. Down a TD with 20 ticks on the clock. Rolls out, doesn’t even have his feet planted but sees his man downfield and takes his shot and is Dead. On. You can’t get a much better throw in that situation. Drops the ball in a bucket in the back of the end zone with two DB’s in pursuit.

 

 

In all honesty, this play is just to show Jaguars fans that is is possible for a QB to hit a quick out route and not have the ball tipped or intercepted at the line. Rest easy Duval.

 

 

Another snap. Another beautiful touch pass from Grier. This time hitting WVU WR Marcus Simms. You only ask that the ball is maybe a little further ahead, but you can’t complain about much more than that with that pass.

 

 

Grier hits a routine curl route here, but the focus should be on WVU #1, absolutely stiff-arming a defender into oblivion on this play. He earned his way onto this article from that play alone.

 

 

Grier shows a little patience here and waits for the play to develop before threading the needle and hitting his wide receiver on the sideline in a beautifully executed window throw.

 

 

The perfect play to end the Grier positive section. Unfortunately for Will, the lows are just as low as the highs. (Also, David Sills,,, Hello).

 

The Bad

QB Will Grier can hit some pretty damn highs, but as we’ll see below, the lows are also very apparent.

 

 

It looks like here, that Grier was pretty set on his first (and maybe only) read and he sees his man possibly pulling away from the defender. However, Grier isn’t able to put the ball in front enough of the wide receiver, and it gets batted away, resulting in a 4th down and a field goal.

 

 

Grier appears to go to his second read here and honestly, was the correct decision. However, he’s about a second late and instead of hitting his wide receiver in stride, hits the linebacker instead and is lucky not to have gotten picked off.

 

Oh, baby, what is you doing? That’s a Blake Bortles type decision right there. Grier is lucky the defensive back isn’t looking because that ball could have very well been picked off and wiped points on the board.

 

 

Sooo close for Grier here. Rolls out and gets a beautiful ball out to wide receiver David Sills. Unfortunately, Grier overthrows sills by about a foot, missing an easy touchdown opportunity.

 

The Ugly

 

It’s not all rainbows and butterflies for Will Grier. He has some very low moments, and when I say low, I mean bedrock low.

 

 

Grier simply gets greedy here. There are about 3-4 different and smarter options he can go here, and he tries to hit the hail mary ball to Sills in the end zone. If Grier wants to succeed in the NFL, he is going to need to mitigate these types of plays and decisions and learn to live another day. He’s extremely lucky this ball isn’t intercepted. Not every defense is going to be Kansas’ defense.

 

 

Grier Bortles’ himself into an extremely avoidable sack. He has a receiver wide open on the out route from the slot but misses him completely and ends up holding the ball and taking a sack.

 

 

Run. Throw the ball away. Do anything except that throw Will. Underthrown, behind the reciever and not on time. That throw was a disaster the moment it left his hand. These are the plays that Grier has to eliminate at the next level because he, unfortunately, makes too many of them sometimes.

 

Yuck. Grier’s second red zone pick of the day. This time throwing a pass into a window where there are three Kansas defenders and only two West Virginia receivers. Nothing about that decision made sense. Credit to him on saving the pick six though. Hustle ++

 

Yuck x3. Grier’s THIRD red zone interception on the day. In all honesty, I’m not sure what he saw there. He almost just turns around and assumed his man would be open but oh was he wrong — stupid decision and mistake to make in the red zone.

 

Final Synopsis

Will Grier provides a lot of intrigues and tantalizing features to draft him early in the first round. His ball placement skills might be one of the best of this QB class and should be noted. Some will point to his production at the position, but the thing about scouting Big 12 quarterbacks is that most of their defenses are in essence high school defenses, so it’s very important to look at some of these guys. After watching hours of Will Grier, I am ready to give my official rating of Grier as a B+. The highs are high, but the lows are very low and hurt him big time. Ultimately if the Jaguars decided to take Grier top 10, I wouldn’t be upset because the fanbase has suffered through Blake Bortles for five years.

 

One thing to look forward to is how Grier handles his bowl games to finish the season and if he gets the invite and accepts, how he performs in Mobile, Alabama during the Senior Bowl.

Christopher Thornton Is the Co-host for Locked On Jaguars. Christopher lives in Jacksonville and is currently a season ticket holder for the Jacksonville Jaguars. You can find me on Twitter (@Mistochristopho) and contact me at [email protected]

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