Will Grier Ready For The Next Chapter
MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–Will Grier and his family have spent the last couple of months on the road preparing for the workouts that he hopes will lead him to an NFL career.
The former Mountaineer quarterback was in Mobile for the Senior Bowl in January and spent a few days in Indianapolis in February participating in the NFL Combine. In between they were at various points around the country working with a variety of specialists.
Thursday he was back in Morgantown for WVU’s Pro Day, and he was back in a familiar environments working with familiar players.
“This was better than the bag drills I had been doing with Ellie,” joked Grier about practicing with his two-year-old daughter.
The former West Virginia QB spent Thursday morning at the Indoor Practice Facility throwing to old teammates David Sills, Dominque Maiden and Trevon Wesco. Gary Jennings was also slated to participate in the passing drills, but some tightness in his hamstring forced the receiver to sit out.
Grier, Sills and the four other Mountaineers who attended the Combine last month (Jennings, Wesco, Yodny Cajuste and David Long) did not participate in any of the timed drills on Pro Day, choosing to let the numbers they posted in Indianapolis stand for themselves. But most did go through other drills, including the extensive passing session with Grier, Sills, Wesco and Maiden.
Performing in front media members from the NFL Network, ESPN and others, as well as representatives from every NFL team – some sent multiple scouts, including the New Orleans Saints, who had nine in attendance – Grier was sharp. Throwing over 50 passes to the trio of receivers, only a few hit the turf in the IPF.
“It’s very exciting to come out and do the things you grew up watching,” said Grier of what he’s experienced the last couple of months. “I was ready, and I attacked it like I do everything else. It’s part of playing football. This is something everybody goes through at this level, and you have to attack it with the best mindset you can.”
Most current mock drafts have Grier being picked in the second round, though some believe he could move up into the later portion of the first round while others think he may slide to the third round. He just wants to find a new home.
“I’m ready to go,” Grier stated. “I’ve been living out of a suitcase for a while, and I’m ready to settle down and play football. I’m a football player, and I’m excited to get to whatever place give me an opportunity so I can go play ball.”
Having thrown for 7,354 yards in his 22 games with WVU, Grier has plenty of good moments tape for all teams to see. Those same NFL clubs want more insight, though, before they invest millions into a quarterback. Thus his meetings with representatives of those teams cover a wide range of topics. Grier says he tries to be straight forward in the sessions.
“You’ve got to be yourself,” the Charlotte native explained. “You meet a lot of different guys in this, and the best thing you can do is be yourself. That’s what I try to do, give everyone a feel for who I am as a person and as a quarterback.”
Grier completed 516 passes in his two seasons with the Mountaineers. Of those, 118 went to Sills, and 32 were TDs. It’s one of the most prolific combinations in WVU history, and while no one knows what the future holds for either, Grier says Thursday’s Pro Day won’t be the final time he throws with Sills.
“We’ll always train together and be really close, so this won’t be the last time I throw to him,” Grier said of Sills. “It would be smart for a team to take us both, because of how we play together. That would be fun.
“I feel bad that Gary wasn’t out there,” he added. “He works really hard, and he’s a great player. We were looking good in the last week, and I know it was tough for him not to go today.
“I’ve thrown with those guys so much, it’s crazy to think it’s over. This has been very rewarding, and this was a fun way to finish it off today.”
Grier stated that West Virginia will always hold a special place in his heart, but he’s ready for the next chapter of his life.
“This is part of transitioning into being a professional,” noted Grier. “I’ve treated it like it’s my job, and it’s only going to get more and more intense. I want to be the greatest that’s every played, and that’s going to take a lot of hours and a lot of reps and a lot of work. I have an opportunity to go play in the League now and make this my job. I’m going to do all I can to take advantage of that opportunity.”