Potential Patriots QB target Will Grier would have big advantage over any other rookie

Ryan Hannable
March 04, 2019 - 2:19 pm
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Until Tom Brady's successor has taken over, it seems the Patriots will always be in the market for a quarterback.

This draft is no different and one of the quarterbacks connected to the Patriots has been Will Grier out of West Virginia.

In 11 games this season, he completed 67 percent of his passes for 3,864 yards, 37 touchdowns and eight interceptions. While he's not Kyler Murray or Dwayne Haskins, Grier is in the next wave of QBs, who could be taken when the Patriots are on the clock at No. 32 overall.

And if they do select him, he would have a leg up on any other rookie thrown into the Patriots offense.

“Honestly, Jake Spavital, my OC at West Virginia, watched a lot of Patriots film and built our offense off a lot of what they [do],” Grier said last week at the NFL combine. “Obviously, different terminology, but we would see stuff and be like, ‘We’re going to do that.’ Tom Brady does all right. So, we watched a lot of Tom Brady film.”

The 23-year-old displayed a pretty high football IQ when going in depth on what his offense did relating to the Patriots.

“In 2017, we were very wide-spread oriented, which is kind of what Spav brought to the game from other places he’s been. It’s different,” Grier said. “A lot of what we did with the Patriots was we saw they were doing a lot of tighter split stuff, and they were getting free releases with guys, working isolations and different routes all the way across the field.

“You get a little bit more isolation when you bring guys tighter in. You don’t always get pressed up in that look. It’s been interesting to kind of watch how they get guys open underneath. A lot of guys in the Big 12 are in quarters, or they’re in cloud coverage, deep coverage. It’s hard to get guys open underneath, so we watched a lot of their film and kind of picked different things they were doing to get guys open underneath.”

Grier is married with a young daughter and comes across more mature than most of the other prospects in this year's class.

So would he welcome being drafted by New England? Of course he would.

“I don’t think you can really put into words that kind of opportunity,” Grier said. “The opportunity to learn from a guy like that would obviously be priceless.”

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