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Redskins Draft Countdown: Colorado State QB Garrett Grayson

Apr 2, 2015, 2:44 PM EDT


The NFL Draft is four weeks away and I’ll continue researching the prospects throughout the lead-up to the draft. Along the way I’ll be sharing some of what I find out with Real Redskins readers. The focus will be on players in areas of need for the Redskins but I might look at players at just about any position since Scot McCloughan has said that he will take the best player available regardless of need.

Garrett Grayson
Colorado State


Note: Grayson was unable to participate in the combine drills or Colorado State’s pro day due to a hamstring injury. He did a workout for NFL teams last week; here are his numbers from that session:

  • 40-yard dash: 4.72 and 4.78 seconds
  • Vertical jump: 34 inches
  • Broad jump: 10 feet, 1 inch
  • Short shuttle: 4.35 seconds
  • 3-cone: 6.97 seconds

What they’re saying:

Strengths: Good instincts for the position. Keeps his eyes downfield and shows good spatial awareness to slide up and laterally in the pocket to avoid rushers and extend the play. Good overall athleticism for the position, showing balance and coordination when asked to roll out, as well as good accuracy.

Attempts to lead receivers away from hits, showing above average accuracy in doing so. Good touch on deep passes, including wheel routes, post-corners and verticals . . . Grayson is rarely mentioned among the top quarterback prospects but his vision, pocket mobility and accuracy are intriguing.

Weaknesses: Grayson has a unique wind-up and delivery of the ball that could irk some scouts. His delivery is slower than most and he holds the ball further back, theoretically leaving it all the more vulnerable for defenders to slap away.

He wasn’t often asked to drive the ball to the sidelines in CSU’s offense and shows only average velocity when doing so.

Rob Rang, CBS Sports

How he fits the Redskins: With so many colleges running the spread offense and its various offshoots, it is getting harder and harder to find an NFL quarterback prospect who ran something similar to an NFL offense. Although the Rams didn’t run a classic West Coast offense, the system Grayson played in was about as close to a pro offense as you’re going to find. As Jon Gruden said, “There’s a lot of parts of Colorado State’s system that I recognize, unlike a lot of college football.”

The Redskins do have three quarterbacks on the roster but none of them is under contract past 2015. If Robert Griffin III can’t show some substantial progress as a pocket passer and if Kirk Cousins can’t shake his interception issues they could be wearing different uniforms next year. It might be a stretch to think that Grayson could be ready to be a starting quarterback in 2016 but the team would be wise to get someone in the quarterback room. Grayson has the potential to fit the system and perhaps develop into a starting quarterback.

Potential issues: Given the way that desperation for quarterbacks can often lead to teams drafting them much higher than they should be, the Redskins may have to use their third-round pick to get Grayson. He might last until the fourth but almost certainly not beyond that. With a lot of needs, can the Redskins afford to use a mid-round pick to add a player who is unlikely to be able to help out at all in any aspect of the game this season?

Bottom line: It will be interesting to see just what Scot McCloughan’s philosophy regarding drafting quarterbacks is. When McCloughan was a scout with the Packers, GM Ted Thompson took a QB almost every year. Some of them, like Matt Hasselbeck and Aaron Brooks, became trade bait. Others faded into oblivion like late-round picks often do.

When McCloughan making the draft picks in San Francisco, he used his very first pick on quarterback Alex Smith. In the five subsequent drafts for the 49ers, he tabbed just one QB, Nate Davis in the fifth round in 2009.

If McCloughan is thinking that he’s going to draft quarterbacks frequently, Grayson might be a good one to start with. As noted, dropback quarterbacks with NFL potential are rare and are not going to become any more common in the foreseeable future. It might be wise to get one in the system.

In his own words

Grayson on where he ranks among the QBs in this draft:

“We’re all competing to be the (No.) 1 guy. We obviously know, 1 and 2 guys are kind of at the top of this class, but as a competitor, you’re always trying to be that No. 1 guy. So every one of us – none of us are working to be the third guy, we’re all working for that No. 1 spot. You set out your goals and every day you go to the gym and every single one of us is working to be that No. 1 guy taken.’’

Previously in Draft Countdown:

  1. renhoekk2 - Apr 2, 2015 at 4:29 PM

    Off topic but, I just saw an article on about edge rushers. Murphy’s 2.5 sacks and 2 Forced fumbles were not all that different from guys taken in the first rd. Lots of praise going to Kahlil Mack in Oak but he only had 4 sacks a 1 FF. Anthony Barr in Minn. 4 sacks and 2 FF. Not a huge difference from what Murphy did and Murphy didn’t play nearly as many snaps. The edge guy the Eagles took in the first rd did not even make the active roster for any game.

    If you go back another year to 2013 and look at what edge rushers did their rookie seasons Murphy looks even better. Outside of Ziggy Ansah in Det it was a complete disaster in picking edge rushers. Dion Jordan, Jarvis Jones, Barkevius Mingo, Dante Jones, Bjoern Werner are still struggling after 2yrs to have ANY impact. All were first round selections. I’m sure some of them may end up getting better and more productive but it’s looks like taking and edge rusher in the first round is as hit or miss as taking a QB.

    Redskins fans should brace themselves for not a lot of impact from an edge rusher taken with 5th pick in the draft. At least not for a couple of seasons at best. Which could mean one of two things. Murphy is better than we give him credit for, at least as far as sacks go. Or taking edge rushers is so hit or miss you need to take one in every draft. But taking one early certainly hasn’t made a difference for any team except Det. In the past two seasons. Just throwing some cold water on the staying at 5 and taking an edge rusher theory.

    Here is the title to the article
    “2015 draft: 11 edge rushers in demand despite mixed production”

    • skinsgame - Apr 2, 2015 at 11:15 PM

      Great point. I wonder how many of those drafted were “need” for the respective teams that drafted them. More than one, no doubt. “Need” forces teams to reach and settle.

  2. deepball1 - Apr 2, 2015 at 5:58 PM

    congrats on seeing something I saw a good while ago. In fact I congratulated Trent on a tweet months ago because not only did he have more sacks than Jadaveon Clowney in college….but he also has more in the pros

    Here is the thing about Murphy. He is not strong yet, and because he has thick bones, he should be able to add about 10 pounds of muscle. He has the potential to get 7 or 8 sacks this season if he has been working hard in the offseason weight program but he is not a speed rusher and never will be.

    The Redskins still need to draft Shane Ray or Randy Gregory.

    • ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Apr 2, 2015 at 6:07 PM

      Beasley is fast, too.

    • renhoekk2 - Apr 3, 2015 at 9:34 AM

      If I’m picking at 5 I need some sort of impact from that player. Day 1 starter that makes a difference. Not a situational or rotational player that another pass rusher would be. I’m not taking a guy at 5 for depth or waiting for him to develop for 2 or 3yrs to become a full-time starter. Seems like poor value. I would take Andrus Peat at RT and start him day one. That is better value than an edge rusher at 5 in my opinion. There will be edge guys in the 2nd rd you can grab if you want situational/rotation or developmental players. Harold from VA or Hunter from LSU or somebody similar will be there in the 2nd rd for them. I was all for the the edge guy until I looked and saw that you have to go back 4yrs in the draft to Watt, Von Miller and Aldon Smith to find first rd guys that are full time edge players and produce like first round guys should. Too many first rd edge guys that have not produced like there draft value says they should.
      From the scouting reports that I read the only edge guy that is a 3 down player is Fowler. Ray, Beasley, Gregory from what I read are too soft in the run game to play on first and second down. They are pass rush only guys to start and need to add strength and improve technique to play the run. No thanks. Not at 5 for me.

  3. timwillhidetimwillhide - Apr 2, 2015 at 7:26 PM

    This guy looked bad in the Senior Bowl

  4. Jgd2016 - Apr 2, 2015 at 8:05 PM

    I, for one, am rooting for a draft where no quarterbacks are taken by the Redskins before the fifth round. Too many other holes

  5. timwillhidetimwillhide - Apr 3, 2015 at 12:24 AM

    Rich they measure these QBs velocity with a radar gun why aren’t those results ever posted?

  6. bowlregard - Apr 3, 2015 at 10:43 AM

    I’ve read where some think Grayson will go in the 2nd round.

  7. warpath1 - Apr 3, 2015 at 8:38 PM

    It would be nice to draft a qb that doesn’t have to start but spend at least a year learning the system. Good insurance for the future Archives

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