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2017 NFL DRAFT

David J. Grinnage, TE

School: NC State  |  Conference: ACC
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Newark, DE
Height/Weight: 6-5 / 248 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
36117-

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.852.871.70- 29 1/28'10"--

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Player Overview

A two-star tight end recruit out of high school, Grinnage received offers from in-state Delaware and Delaware State, but only one FBS offer (NC State), committing to the Wolfpack and redshirting in 2012 - was planning to also play baseball in college.

He started seven games as a redshirt freshman in 2013 and recorded 15 catches for 150 yards and his first career score. Grinnage had his best season as a sophomore (11 starts) with 27 receptions for 358 yards and team-best five touchdowns. His production declined as a junior in 2015, recording 25 catches for 290 yards and three scores.

Grinnage elected to forego his final season of eligibility and enter the 2016 NFL Draft.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Big-bodied athlete with broad shoulders and long arms - built like a power forward...swift off the line to get into his routes, using long-strides...catches the ball well in stride...tracks well with the concentration and sticky hands to secure throws away from his body - able to make the circus grab look easy...uses physicality to create room to work...absorbs hits and holds on...competitive in contested situations...square blocker and works hard to finish...extends and able to deliver a jolt at the point of attack...improved his conditioning and versatility.

WEAKNESSES: Ordinary muscle tone and needs to continue and develop his strength...one-note runner with inconsistent balance, not picking up yards after contact as expected...choppy footwork in his breaks and lacks the burst or sink to create separation in his routes...poor body position and doesn't show an understanding of how to leverage his size as a receiver or blocker...fazed by traffic and hears footsteps around him in coverage...below average on-the-move efficiency, sliding off blocks...collegiate production doesn't match his ability - only two career games with 65+ yards receiving (25 starts).

IN OUR VIEW: A three-year starter for the Wolfpack, Grinnage was recruited by Tom O'Brien, but never had the opportunity to play for him, showing flashes the last three seasons under Dave Doeren - production dipped in 2015 while his teammate Jaylen Samuels earned Second Team All-ACC honors at tight end. Grinnage has a workable body type for the tight end position and the ballskills that will entice NFL coaches. However, he doesn't consistently play up to his size and tends to labor in his routes, requiring refinement in several areas.

Vastly underutilized at NC State, Grinnage isn't ready for NFL snaps and requires a patient offensive staff willing to develop his skills - late round or free agent developmental project.

--Dane Brugler (@dpbrugler) (4/28/16)

 
 
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