Consider that in college he outperformed all those in this draft other than Murray and Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins and when you consider that in his junior year he was injured and missed the last two and three-quarter games and that in his senior year he sat out the bowl game to prepare for the draft, his stats might have matched theirs.
Even in defeat, Grier was a force to be reckoned with. In losing six college games in which he started and played all the way through at WVU, his Mountaineers averaged 33 points per game while he completed 63.2 percent of his passes for 329 yards per contest and 2.5 TDs per game.
Now consider this. Missouri’s Drew Lock, whom many place before Grier in the draft, over his entire final two years in college completed 60 percent of his passes — a lower percentage than Grier IN THE GAMES HE LOST — averaged 287 yards per game, a good bit below Grier’s average of 329 in the games he lost, and averaged 2.8 TDs per game, slightly better than Grier.
The point is that no one stands head and shoulders above Grier in a quarterback class that some say is among the weakest of the milennium.
The weakest, NFL.com judges, was the 2007 class which had two first-round picks with JaMarcus Russell the overall No. 1 selection and Brady Quinn taken at No 22.
Here’s something that Grier has to keep in mind whether he goes in the first or second round or somehow slips lower — it doesn’t matter where you are taken.
You make your own future and that has been proven over and over.
Consider it this way. In 2000, the first quarterback taken was Marshall’s Chad Pennington at No. 18 in the first round.
These NFL scouts and GMs are hardly foolproof.
Look at this way, Green Bay Hall of Fame great Bart Starr was a 17th round pick, the 200th player selected, Baltimore’s Johnny Unitas was a ninth round pick at No. 102, both Warren Moon and Kurt Warner went undrafted.
Among those you might have thought would be first-round selections were Joe Montana, who went in the third round, Brett Favre, who went in the second, and Dan Fouts, who went in the third round.
It’s generally agreed that Murray will go first to Arizona as new coach Kliff Kingsbury seems determined to try to push his Texas Tech offense on the NFL even though it barely won half its games on the college level.