Will Grier, QB1?: 4 Star Fantasy Prospect

Welcome to the 48 Report, a full working database including 48 of our favorite 2019 Draft Prospects. The key, however, is that we focus specifically on their ability to translate as fantasy football players. All players in the database have been/will be scored by 3 writers, and this is their article; explaining their aggregate score, as well as the score of their writer.

All categories are scored on a 1-5 scale; with 5 being the highest score a prospect can receive. The highest aggregate average scores a player can receive is 25. Articles will be posted January-April, all the way up to the draft. Ratings will be adjusted after the combine, based on measurables and after the draft, because as we all know: landing spot matters.

Will Grier (6’2”, 223) Quarterback, West Virginia

18.3 Aggregate Score (4 Star Prospect)

As far as scores go, Grier is our top rated QB thus far and it doesn’t look like that’s going to change too much. He may slide a little but I don’t think he falls to past QB5. The allure for Grier is: he’s the old fart aka mature. If it were the dating world he’d be the guy deemed husband material, the one you actually take home to meet the parents.

He’s got a polished game and seems the most pro-ready out of the QBs we’ve broken down so far. He’s not flashy, but he gets the job done and has some great accuracy to boot.

College Production

After being suspended by the NCAA for a year for use of a banned substance, Grier took his talents to West Virginia.  From there he made his stamp as one of the top QBs. In 2017 he ranked 5th in passing efficiency rating, 6th in passing yards per attempt, 8th in passing TDs, top 20 in both pass completion percentage and passing yards all while throwing for 34 TDs, 3490 yds and 12 ints. 

In 2018, he did even better going for 3rd in passing efficiency rating, 4th in passing yards per attempt, 5th in passing TDs, top 15 in passing completion percentage, top 10 in passing yards while throwing for 37 TDs, 3864 yds and 8 ints.

He’s shown growth both from what happened to begin his collegiate career and statistically. Both good signs going into the NFL draft.

Arm Strength: Aggregate Score: 4 (Personal Score: 4)

We all agree here that he has a great arm when it comes to arm strength. He can get the ball anywhere it needs to be on the field with ease. Where he may struggle is enough strength to get the ball velocity needed for tight window throws.

Which reminds me of what Eric Adams (@TheFF_Taters) said on the FFanalysts Podcast: “Not enough arm strength to force throws like in the Kansas game where he paid for it (3 INTs)”. 

Accuracy: Aggregate Score: 4.6 (Personal Score: 5)

His accuracy is beautiful, especially after watching some of the other QBs up until this point. He is one out of 2 QBs I have given the accuracy badge called throwing a quarter into a jukebox (see Smooth Criminal). I could watch his back-shoulder passes ALL NIGHT LONG (all night), especially between the 40-20 range of the field and its a big reason why I rated him the highest we can in this metric.

He has his issues as any prospect would like throwing below the numbers or overthrowing which both can be tightened up as he progresses.

Decision Making: Aggregate Score: 3.3 (Personal Score: 4)

He absolutely goes through the progressions and is super patient. I clocked him most of the time at about 5+ seconds per snap before releasing the ball which is fine but in the NFL he’ll have to be better than that. It would be ok if he was good at scrambling, but he’s not. Under pressure, he’s not very good.

Athleticism: Aggregate Score: 3 (Personal Score: 2)

Can get out and boogey if he needs to. He’s ok athletically, average at best. Had 3 rushing TDs that looked more like a great read in open space over him actually making something happen with his feet. When the pocket breaks down, he’s getting sacked every time. He wont be Tom Brady, but he’s no Taysom Hill er..uhm..I mean Cam Newton. 

Mechanics: Aggregate Score: 3.3 (Personal Score: 4)

Looks very polished in this part of his game. His release is like that of a person launching a tomahawk (as opposed so some throwing like pitchers). There’s also no hitch in his throwing motion and he stays on the balls of his feet very well.

Conclusion: Late 2nd-3rd 

Let’s be real, in 1 QB drafts, he nor anyone else besides maybe Kyler Murray and Haskins (bleh) will go in the late 1st. However, I don’t realistically see any QB coming off the board until the 2nd round due to the depth of receiver in this draft as well as the RB gems that’re here as well. In superflex/2QB, he should be going in the top of the 2nd for sure. I will definitely have a share or two of him myself.

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Christopher A.E. Nelson

Christopher Nelson is a very avid fantasy football fan and analyst. Currently writes/evaluates college prospects through the off-season being part of multiple mock drafts with other entities and making #VigilanteViDSesh threads for public consumption. He loves music and marvel comic lore just as much and tries to find time for all three. Fantasy football has taught him the love of numbers and bolstered his drive for research making it only right that he writes. You can find him @THEffVigilante on Twitter and the_o.f.i.s on Instagram.

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