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Will Grier | Quarterback

Team: West Virginia Mountaineers
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 200

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Draft Wire's Luke Easterling projects Washington to select West Virginia QB Will Grier with the sixth pick in his 2019 mock draft.
It would be fair to say that if Washington is picking this high and picking a quarterback that the Alex Smith era won't be fondly remembered. Easterling points out that Smith is 35-years-old, so even if they perform well they likely need to look for a quarterback of a future. " Grier made a wise decision to return to school for another year," Easterling writes, "giving him the chance to polish his game and possibly be the first passer off the board." Jun 18 - 12:25 PM
Source: Draft Wire

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NFL.com's Chase Goodbread lists West Virginia redshirt senior QB Will Grier as the top Heisman candidate.

Goodbread notes "With Baker Mayfield and Mason Rudolph cleared out of his path, Grier figures to be the face of the Big 12 this fall. He has a dynamic receiving threat in David Sills V, and the kind of coach in Dana Holgorsen who will air it out with the play calling." This is a bit of a bold take from Goodbread as Grier is listed at 20/1 to win the Heisman from the Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 15 - 12:10 PM

NFL.com's Lance Zierlein believes West Virginia redshirt senior QB Will Grier is one of the top QB talents in the 2019 draft class.

Zierlein lists Grier along with Missouri's Drew Lock and Auburn's Jarrett Stidham as his top three quarterbacks in the 2019 draft. Zierlein writes "Grier is extremely confident with a good feel for when and where to go with the football. He doesn't have ideal size, but makes up for that by getting outside of the pocket while still finding open targets with good touch." Grier will likely be all over the board for NFL teams as he doesn't meet a lot of the height/weight thresholds some teams abide by and has a playing style that has drawn comparisons to Johnny Manziel. Regardless, Grier should be in a good spot to be one of the top quarterbacks selected in the 2019 spot with a strong showing in 2018.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 13 - 12:55 PM

Tennessee HC Jeremy Pruitt said that West Virginia redshirt senior QB Will Grier reminds him of former Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel.

"[Grier]'s a great athlete and obviously a competitor. He runs with toughness. He can make all the throws," Pruitt said of the West Virginia signal-caller. "He knows where the ball's going pre-snap, gets all their RPO stuff, gets the ball out of his hand." The Vols HC made his comment while on stage with West Virginia HC Dana Holgorsen in a little joint appearance from the two to help promote the season opening showdown between Tennessee and WVU, set to be played on Sept. 1. This past season, Grier threw for 3,490 yards with a 34/12 TD/INT ratio. He's going to be in the Heisman conversation to one degree or another this autumn -- especially if West Virginia makes a play for nine or 10 wins -- and will be seeing NFL interest in the spring.
Source: 247Sports
Jun 9 - 2:09 PM

Athlon Sports ranks West Virginia redshirt senior QB Will Grier as the top quarterback for the 2018 season.

Grier is followed by Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa, Penn State's Trace McSorley, Arizona's Khalil Tate, and UCF's McKenzie Milton rounds out the top five. The former Florida signal-caller was excellent in 2017, throwing for 34 touchdowns with 11 interceptions in 3,490 yards on the year. "The Big 12’s unquestioned No. 1 quarterback resides in Morgantown this season," the site writes. "Grier – a Heisman candidate and a likely All-America pick – is at the controls of one of the nation’s top offenses."
May 21 - 12:18 PM

CBS Sports writer Will Brinson projects the Giants to take West Virginia redshirt senior QB Will Grier with the second pick in his 2019 NFL Mock Draft.

Brinson has the Browns taking Ohio State rusher Nick Bosa with the first pick. If the Giants are picking second -- again -- they're going to need a quarterback, and while Grier (6'2/210) isn't consistently ranked among the top quarterback options, that could change with another big year in 2018. "The former Florida transfer has a cannon and can wing it down the field," writes Brinson. "If he takes another step forward in his second year with Dana Holgerson, he could be highly-coveted."
Source: CBS Sports
May 7 - 3:54 PM

ESPN's Dan Murphy compared West Virginia redshirt senior QB Will Grier to Pittsburgh Steelers QB Mason Rudolph.

Murphy sees similarity in the deep ball from both quarterbacks, noting that Rudolph connected on 17 passes of 50-plus yards during his final season in Stillwater, while Grier hit on 12 such passes in Morgantown a year ago. It's far from a 1:1 comparison, though, as the 6-foot-5, 235-pound Rudolph has a considerable size advantage when compared to the 6-foot-2, 216-pound WVU signal-caller. While Grier isn't quite as impressive in terms of pure physical measurement, that does come with the benefit of his being able to move around the pocket more smoothly than his former Big 12 brother. He's a potential first-round pick for next spring's draft. During the past campaign, he threw for 3,490 yards while posting a 34/12 TD/INT ratio before being sidelined at the tail end due to a broken finger. He's past that break, now, and will be ready to put his best foot forward come the start of the upcoming season.
Source: ESPN.com
May 4 - 3:53 PM

ESPN's Jake Trotter reports that West Virginia redshirt senior QB Will Grier (finger) has been medically cleared to begin throwing.

Grier underwent surgery to repair a broken middle metacarpal in his right (throwing) hand in November and subsequently missed the regular-season finale, plus WVU's bowl loss to Utah. His recovery is worth monitoring over the coming weeks -- just how available he'll be for the start of spring practice is an open question -- but that he has already been cleared for throwing work is an encouraging sign. Barring setback, he will almost certainly be fully recovered from the broken finger when West Virginia takes on Tennessee to kick off the 2018 season come Sep. 1. Grier threw for 3,490 yards with a 34/12 TD/INT ratio during his injury-curtailed 2017 campaign.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 23 - 1:22 PM

West Virginia redshirt junior QB Will Grier (finger) will not play in the Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl on Dec. 26 against Utah.

At a Wednesday news conference announcing the news, WVU HC Dana Holgorsen told reporters that convincing Grier to return for the 2018 season was "the most important part" of his early signing day. He's not kidding. The Mountaineers' offense crumbled after Grier broke the middle finger of his throwing hand in grotesque fashion against Texas last month. QB2 Chris Chuganov has really struggled, and it's difficult to envision him elevating his game against Utah's strong defense. Luckily for West Virginia, Grier will be back to run the offense in 2018. He went 250-of-388 for 3,490 yards and a 34/12 TD/INT rate this season.
Wed, Dec 20, 2017 02:35:00 PM

West Virginia redshirt junior QB Will Grier announced that he'll return for his senior season in 2018.

This is the right decision, as Grier would have likely been a Day 3 afterthought had he declared. Grier (6'2/215) could improve his draft stock with a big senior season. And while he won't magically be bigger this time next year, he could cut down on some mistakes and dispel lingering decision-making concerns. He was outstanding in his first year as the Mountaineers quarterback, going 250-of-388 for 3,490 yards and a 34/12 TD/INT rate. For that, he was named the 2017 Big 12 Newcomer of the Year. Unfortunately, we likely won't see him again this year. Grier broke the middle finger of his throwing hand in gruesome fashion against Texas almost a month ago. He's unlikely to be active for the Mountaineers’ bowl game.
Thu, Dec 14, 2017 06:57:00 PM

West Virginia HC Dana Holgorsen told reporters that redshirt junior QB Will Grier's (hand) status is "not good."

We'd assume that means he's likely out for the bowl game. Per Holgo, Grier's broken hand will be checked out by a doctor next week. Grier's availability for the bowl game will clarify at that time.
Mon, Dec 4, 2017 02:40:00 PM

SI's Bruce Feldman reports that West Virginia redshirt junior QB Will Grier (finger) is questionable for the Mountaineers’ bowl game.

Grier broke the middle finger of his throwing hand while diving for the end zone against Texas on Saturday. He underwent surgery on Sunday and will miss the Oklahoma game this weekend. Per Feldman, Grier is expected to be sidelined for around a month. As of today, SI predicts that the Mountaineers will play in the Camping World Bowl on Thursday, Dec. 28. That would be roughly five-and-a-half weeks after surgery. Other outlets have reported that Grier's recovery timeline is 4-6 weeks. This could go either way.
Source: SI
Mon, Nov 20, 2017 02:22:00 PM

West Virginia redshirt junior QB Will Grier (finger) will miss several weeks after undergoing surgery.

Grier broke his middle finger while trying to score for a touchdown against the Longhorns on Saturday. If the injury truly will keep him out several weeks, he's out for next week's season finale against Oklahoma, and unless the Mountaineers make a bowl game that's played in late December, he's probably out for the rest of the year. In his place, Chris Chugunov will likely start at quarterback for the Mountaineers.
Source: ESPN
Sat, Nov 18, 2017 10:13:00 PM

West Virginia redshirt junior QB Will Grier (finger) won't return to Saturday's game against Texas.

Grier suffered a grotesque finger injury while diving for the pylon (and fumbling) in the first quarter. He suffered a dislocation of a finger on his throwing hand. Chris Chugunov came on in his place and will close out the game. West Virginia is praying that Grier will be available for next week's finale against Oklahoma.
Source: SB Nation
Sat, Nov 18, 2017 01:54:00 PM

West Virginia redshirt junior QB Will Grier (finger) left for the locker room in the first quarter of Saturday's game against Texas.

Grier was scrambling left and attempting to stretch into the end zone when he fumbled the ball into the end zone. On the landing, his finger got caught in the turf and bent in an ugly fashion. Grier left for the locker room. We'd consider him doubtful to return. To add insult to injury, Grier's fumble was ruled a touchback. West Virginia's touchdown was wiped off the board, and Texas was given the ball at the 20.
Sat, Nov 18, 2017 12:41:00 PM