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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 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

12/10/2013 - Tight end Xavier Grimble leans toward staying...USC tight end Xavier Grimble, one of several draft-eligible players, is looking forward to playing in his hometown in the Las Vegas Bowl and to playing for the Trojans next season. "I feel like with everything that happened this season, I think it would be best for me to stay in school," Grimble, who was slowed by injuries much of the season, said after practice on Monday. "So that's probably what I'm going to be doing." Grimble, a 6-foot-5, 250-pound junior, has 23 receptions, two for touchdowns.

The former standout at Las Vegas Bishop Gorman High said he has been inundated with requests for tickets to the Dec. 21 game against Fresno State at Sam Boyd Stadium. The Trojans leave for Las Vegas on Dec. 18. "It's always a dream playing in front of family and friends in my hometown, so I'm happy to be able to go back," Grimble said. - Gary Klein, The LA Times

12/03/2013 - 2013 ALL-PAC-12 HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): TE Xavier Grimble, Jr.,...Has been selected All-Pac 12 Honorable Mention for the 2013 college football season as voted on by the Pac-12 Head football coaches. - USC football

08/13/2013 - TOP USC PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 3. TE Xavier Grimble (6-5, 255, 4.72)*...Overshadowed by USC's other pass-catchers as well as the extraordinary talent at tight end in the Pac-12, Grimble is quietly emerging as a legitimate early round prospect, as well. With 16 starts already on his resume and in position to serve as the "security blanket" down the middle for presumptive starting quarterback Max Wittek, Grimble could be on the verge of a breakout season. He caught just 29 passes for 316 yards and five touchdowns in 2012 but received honorable mention all-conference accolades - quite an accomplishment considering that Stanford boasted future NFL picks Zach Ertz and Levine Toilolo last year to go along with Oregon's Colt Lyerla and Washington's Austin Seferian-Jenkins.

Grimble looks like a power forward on the field. While he isn't exactly light-footed, he accelerates smoothly 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. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

07/16/2013 - 2013 MACKEY AWARD WATCH LIST: Xavier Grimble, USC...Grimble again shared starts at tight end as a sophomore in 2012. Overall in 2012 while appearing in all 13 games and starting 9 times (all but Hawaii, California, Arizona State, Notre Dame), he had 29 catches for 316 yards (10.9 avg.) with 5 TDs and also made 3 tackles. He made 2012 CollegeFootballNews.com Sophomore All-American honorable mention and All-Pac-12 honorable mention. He has 44 catches for 460 yards (10.5 average) and 9 TDs in his career. He has 16 career starts. - USC football

 
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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