2017 NFL Draft

Cory Grissom, DT

School: South Florida  |  Conference: BIGE
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: LaGrange, GA
Height/Weight: 6-2 / 306 lbs.
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05/03/2013 - Patriots sign 19 Rookie Free Agents...Grissom, 22, appeared in 46 games with 40 starts at South Florida and posted 105 tackles, five sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. The 6-2, 316-pounder, was named second-team All-Big East as a senior in 2012. - New England Patriots

03/28/2013 - 2013 South Florida Pro Day: South Florida held its pro day on March 6 outdoors on grass. A total of 17 representatives from NFL teams were on hand to watch, including San Francisco 49ers secondary coach Ed Donatell. Cory Grissom, NT (6-1 3/4, 303 pounds) - The defensive standout had a good position workout and went 4.82 in the 40. He recorded 24 reps in bench press at the standard 225 pounds. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com

12/10/2012 - 2012 ALL-BIG EAST SECOND TEAM (COACHES): DL Cory Grissom, USF, Sr., La Grange, Ga./Troup County, has been selected Second Team All-BIG EAST Conference (Coaches selection) for the 2012 college football season. Grissom will be suiting up for the Senior Bowl after ranking second among USF defenders with 7.0 tackles for loss along with 38 tackles and 2.5 sacks. - South Florida football

11/28/2012 - The University of South Florida will have a presence at the 2013 Senior Bowl in DT Cory Grissom. The game will be played Jan. 26 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala. Grissom said his reaction to the invite was purely emotional. "When I first found out, I didn't know whether to jump up and down, just laugh out loud or cry - I did all three actually," he said. The Senior Bowl is the most recognized showcase game for players out of college eligibility and preparing for a potential NFL future. The Bulls' have been represented in recent years by DT Terrell McClain, CB Jerome Murphy, DE George Selvie, S Nate Allen and LB Tyrone McKenzie, all of whom were drafted.

Three players from the Big East played in last year's game: UConn's Kendall Reyes and the Cincinnati duo of Isaiah Pead and Derek Wolfe. All three are currently on NFL rosters. Defensive coordinator Chris Cosh said he wasn't aware of any other USF seniors headed to showcase games, but that changes frequently as spots begin to fill. - Tampa Bay Online

09/17/2012 - 09/17/12 NFL DRAFT SCOUT RISER: 4. Cory Grissom, DT, South Florida: Entering his third year as the Bulls starting defensive tackle, Cory Grissom is emerging as one of the top defensive linemen in the Big East. Looking past mediocre stats (12 tackles, 0.5 sack) through three games, his impact on the field isn't always felt by production, but ask opposing interior offensive linemen and they'll tell you how much of a handful he is to block on the field. Listed at 6-2 and 316 pounds, Grissom doesn't have great length, but plays with a large lower body and a quick first step to gain leverage on blockers, using clean lateral footwork and active hands. Against Rutgers this past week, he was routinely disruptive using different moves to create pressure in the backfield on several occasions. He needs to stay under control and doesn't always appear to have a plan, but it's tough not to love his motor and natural explosion, making it tough for the guard or center to block him. If he continues to show his disruptive nature as a senior, it's not impossible to think that Grissom, also known as "Porkchop," could be taken early on day three on draft weekend. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

08/08/2012 - The Bulls enter fall practice relatively healthy, and USF coach Skip Holtz gave some more good news on the injury front on Tuesday. Senior defensive tackle Cory Grissom, who broke his right ankle during spring practice, is "a lot farther along than I would've expected," Holtz said after practice on Tuesday. "Watching him run around and some of the things he's doing, I would say he's definitely right on track and we just have to make sure we don't take any steps backward," Holtz said. The Bulls do have a pretty good amount of depth at defensive tackle, with Luke Sager, Elkino Watson and Todd Chandler poised for big contributions this season. Grissom, though, is the most experienced of the bunch, starting all 25 games the last two years and setting career highs last season with 38 total tackles and six tackles for losses. "We're going to still ease him into this process slowly, but I'm really encouraged with what I see out of him watching him run around for the first day," Holtz said. - Phil Neary, USFBullsEYE.com

07/02/2012 - Top-five South Florida prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 4. DT Cory Grissom (6-2, 315)...Besides B.J. Daniels, no returning player on the South Florida roster has started more games over his career than Grissom, who boasts 28 starts under his belt. He would be higher on this list if it wasn't for a broken ankle that he suffered in April, requiring surgery and sending him to the sidelines. Grissom is expected to return sometime in the fall, but when and how healthy will he be? Durability has been an issue in the past for the Georgia-native as he battled several injuries over his first two seasons, redshirting in 2008 and seeing limited playing time in 2009. However, Grissom stayed healthy as a sophomore and junior, starting 25 games and totaling 54 total tackles, 9.0 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks. He plays quick and fast off the snap with natural burst to occupy multiple blockers and fight his way through the trash. Grissom starred during spring practice and is slated for a big senior season, but the ankle injury creates some doubt. Although flying under the radar as a pro prospect, Grissom should see a rise up draft boards once he proves he's healthy. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com


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