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2015 NFL DRAFT

Xavier Grimble, TE

School: Southern California  |  Conference: PAC12
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Las Vegas, NV
Height/Weight: 6-4 / 257 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
293177-FA

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
---- 26 1/29'5"--
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.902.851.7016 -09'02"4.797.41

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Grimble looks like a power forward on the field, possessing broad shoulders and a well-built frame. While he isn't exactly light-footed, he has deceptive speed down the seam due to his long strides and is an imposing runner after the catch who can bull his way through would-be tacklers.

He can extend to make the tough catch and is a solid run blocker who keeps his shoulders square and has long, strong arms to lock out his opponent. Good vision and hand-eye coordination to track the ball over his shoulder. Uses his frame well to buy space and can make the contested catch with defenders draped over him. Coming off a poor season and could slip in the draft to the point where he's a steal. Draft stock took a hit from being considered a mid-round prospect entering his junior season.

WEAKNESSES: Isn't an elite athlete. Lumbers off the snap, showing little burst, quickness or straight-line speed to generate separation from defenders. Possesses just adequate balance and can be knocked to the ground by smaller defenders who take out one of his legs. Missed much of the 2013 spring practices with a chest fracture, as well as parts of several games last season with a shoulder injury.

COMPARES TO: Kellen Davis, Seattle Seahawks - Like the well-built (and well-traveled) Davis, Grimble looks better walking off the bus than he does on tape. He possesses good enough hands and overall athleticism to serve as a short to intermediate threat, especially in the red zone (11 career touchdowns) and has the frame and strength scouts are looking for as a run blocker. He can play the role of a traditional security blanket tight end but a new-age hybrid seam threat, he is not.

--Rob Rang (2/2/14)

Player Overview

While star wideout Marqise Lee's struggles with durability in 2013 played a well-documented role in the Trojans' inconsistencies early in the season, nagging injuries to Grimble, another talented pass catcher, also had a big impact.

Grimble earned honorable mention All-Pac-12 honors in 2012, catching a career-high 29 passes for 316 yards and five scores to earn recognition in a conference boasting some of the elite tight ends in the country. Rather than build upon his breakout campaign, however, Grimble struggled in 2013, catching just 25 passes for 271 yards and watching his touchdowns plummet to just two on the season.

The lack of ideal production led Grimble to announce as late as Dec. 10 that "it probably would be best for me to return to school." Instead, he surprised the Trojans and scouts by announcing that he was giving up his final year of eligibility to head to the NFL a year early.

Grimble isn't an elite athlete but he does possess the frame as well as the strength and experience in a pro-style offense scouts are looking for. He isn't an elite receiver but has functional hands and is bullish after the catch.

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Player News
01/08/2014 - Tight end Xavier Grimble will enter NFL draft...USC tight end Xavier Grimble will forgo his final season of eligibility and make himself available for the NFL draft. "I've been at 'SC for four years and have had a pretty productive career," Grimble told The Times in a phone interview Tuesday night. "I'm healthy and just want to move on and give it a shot.... I feel like it was kind of my time." The 6-foot-5, 250-pound Grimble is the fifth draft-eligible USC player to turn pro, joining receiver Marqise Lee, safety Dion Bailey, center Marcus Martin and defensive lineman George Uko. Grimble, who redshirted as a freshman in 2010, was slowed by several injuries during the regular season, but he caught 25 passes, two for touchdowns. He finished his career with 69 receptions and five touchdowns. - Gary Klein, The LA Times
 

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