Cody Grimm, OLB, Virginia Tech

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Cody Grimm, OLB, Virginia Tech

Postby Pudge » Tue Apr 06, 2010 6:42 pm

Virginia Tech Senior
40: 4.55

PROS: Has good speed that can make up for mistakes. Has the range and burst to make plays sideline to sideline in pursuit. Because of that speed and burst is an effective blitzer off the edge. Closes quickly on the ball, and has good pop as a tackler despite lack of size. Is a sound tackler that does a good job wrapping up. Willing to meet ballcarrier in hole at the point of attack, and is tough and likes to hit.
CONS: Is limited in coverage and doesn't have the hips or footwork to match up with receivers in the slot. Doesn't have ideal awareness when working in zone, and generally relies on speed to make plays. Will take poor angles and overpursue at times. Is undersized at the point of attack.
OVERVIEW: Played outside linebacker at Virginia Tech despite having a safety's build. Is the son of Russ Grimm. He's a tough, hard as nails defender with good speed and range and constantly around the ball because of it. Only started as a senior as a former walk-on. Had 71 tackles, 14 for loss, and 7.5 sack as a junior reserve that split reps at OLB. As a senior, had 71 tackles, 12.5 for loss, and 4 sacks. Also had 5 PBUs as a senior.
NFL FORECAST: Grimm is a player that should bulk up and play linebacker. He is almost an identical clone of Coy Wire in terms of his toughness and playing style. He just doesn't have the coverage potential or ability to make a transition to safety. Sure, as a backup he would be limited to just special teams duty and be a capable run stopper when he does play, but he'll be exposed as a starter there because of his lacking abilities in coverage. INstead, if you move him to linebacker and only ask him to cover backs out of the backfield, he can potentailly match up. But even then, he'll probably be overmatched more often than not, since he tends to rely on his speed to make up for mistakes rather than being a guy that it's in the right position to make plays and is not very instinctual. I think if you asked him to put on 20 pounds he would be a nice backup linebacker that shines on coverage. He is a self-made player that has already shown ability to play in coverage on specail teams at Tech so his ability to come in right away and make a roster is not in doubt. I think in time as he gets stornger, he can make a nice backup WILL just like Wire. But I think he'll be less of a liability vs. the run as Wire can be in extended duty since he's a bit more physical.
ATL FORECAST: If the Falcons were looking for another Wire as a backup linebacker, then Grimm is their man. Problem is that he doesn't offer great upside for defense and he and Wire fill the same niche. He may not make the roster as a rookie, but is a player the Falcons I'm sure would love to keep around because of how tough he is. But unless the Falcons planned on dumping Wire soon, then it doesn't make a ton of sense to have both on the roster.
VALUE: He can make an NFL roster as a reserve, so depending on how much a team values a reserve special teams player will determine if he's a late fifth round pick or a seventh rounder.
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