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Mr. Laz
04-24-2005, 11:02 AM
Boomer Grigsby Grade: 3.43
Position: ILB
School: Illinois St.
Conference: Gateway
Ht., Wt.: 5-11.5, 249
40 Time: 4.64
Selected by: Kansas City Chiefs
Round 5, pick 2 (138 overall) Grading System



BIO: Four-year starter named Gateway Conference Defensive Player of the Year last season after totaling 129/8.5/3. Handed numerous All-Conference, All-America and national awards throughout his college career.

POSITIVES: Hard-working, run-defending linebacker who leads by example. Quickly fills gaps upfield, displays explosion at the point of attack and wraps up tackling. Disciplined, stays with assignments and quick to key or diagnose the play. Efficient, takes good angles to the ball and moves well laterally. Solid job making the defensive calls. Displays speed in pursuit with the ability to chase plays out to the flanks. Gets depth on drops.

NEGATIVES: Easily wired in blocks or caught in the trash scraping laterally. Does not show great speed on the blitz. Marginal coverage skills and hesitant reacting when the ball's in the air.

ANALYSIS: Ultra-productive on a small-school level and a linebacker who can be used in a number of ways, Grigsby offers a lot of intangibles and intensity. Best off in a system that protects the linebackers and lets them freely flow to the ball. Potential backup whose playing style lends one to believe he'd be productive on special teams.

PROJECTION: Mid Fifth Round

Douche Baggins
04-24-2005, 11:03 AM
Another fast LB...listed as 4.55 on NFL.com.

Mr. Kotter
04-24-2005, 11:03 AM
Another scout's take:

James Grigsby
ILB | (5'11", 249, 4.67) | ILLINOIS STATE


Strengths: Is an intriguing small-school prospect that has flat-out dominated his level of competition. Has good size and strength. Also has good top end speed. Moves well laterally and forward. Is a search-and-flow linebacker with good instincts. Makes quick reads, does a good job of avoiding blocks and takes solid angles to the ball carrier. He has excellent closing burst and very good overall range versus the run. Is a powerful tackler with good pop at the POA. Also is a sound tackler in space. Is much better as a blitzer than he is when forced to turn and run in coverage. Has good instincts and closing burst as a pass rusher.

Weaknesses: Has not played against top competition. Has a strong upper body and makes some big hits but lacks ideal base and needs to improve his lower body strength to anchor in the phone booth. Is still a little bit raw in terms of his technique. Runs around too many blocks. Does not show the consistent ability to take on and shed blocks in the phone booth. Must improve his hand usage and consistency in terms of his leverage. He gets away with running around blocks at his level but won't in the NFL. Moves well laterally and has very good straight-line speed, but his hips are a little bit stiff when forced to turn and run. He does not have great overall cover skills. Seems to lack a feel in zone coverage and does not do a great job of finding the ball in the air. His hands and overall ball skills must improve.

Overall: Grigsby is a late bloomer and very much a "sleeper" in the 2005 draft class. He was not heavily recruited out of high school, wound up going to Illinois State and took a redshirt year in 2000. However, as a redshirt freshman in 2001 he set the school's freshman record with 93 total tackles. He has been a fulltime starter since and has been an absolutely dominant player at that level. Grigsby was named the DI-AA Defensive Player of the Year as a junior and senior. He finished his junior season in 2003 with 179 total tackles, 12 TFL and three sacks and his senior season in 2004 with 129 tackles, 8.5 TFL and three sacks. There is obviously a concern about his ability to make the transition from DI-AA collegiate level to the NFL. Grigsby also lacks a strong base, runs around too many blocks and has some stiffness in coverage. However, Grigsby does have good size, very good top-end speed for his size and is a tough player that should be able to make the adjustment mentally and physically. Grigsby will have a huge transition to make and he will need to improve his lower body strength and technique in the meantime, but he shows enough upside to warrant mid-round attention in the 2005 draft. If nothing else, Grigsby has the right mentality, size and tackling skills to contribute on special teams and enough versatility to play a reserve role at a couple of LB spots.

htismaqe
04-24-2005, 11:04 AM
At least it looks like he wasn't a big reach...

Special teamer.

Herzig
04-24-2005, 11:04 AM
http://www.nfl.com/draft/profiles/2005/grigsby_boomer



James "Boomer" Grigsby
Position: Middle Linebacker
College: Illinois State
Height: 6-0
Weight: 242
Hometown: Canton, Ill.

Analysis | Injury Report | Agility | High School | Personal

OVERVIEW

James "Boomer" Grigsby was an all-area selection as a senior at Canton (Ill.) High, recording 120 tackles (80 solo) with five sacks and 10 stops for loss. He led his team to a 10-2 record and a spot in the Class 4A playoffs. The honor roll student also excelled in gymnastics, winning the USTA trampoline and double mini championship as a member of the AAU national team. He also was a three-time All-American trampoline award champion.

The son of Paula and David Grigsby, he was born James Grigsby but was nicknamed Boomer by his grandmother on the date of his birth (Nov. 15, 1981). Grigsby is an avid weightlifter who takes great pride in his work ethic. He has become a "hometown" hero as the city of Canton, Ill., is supportive and many residents travel to watch him play in his home games.

Grigsby redshirted in 2000 at Illinois State, but set a school freshman record the following year as he posted 93 tackles (52 solo) with three sacks and five stops behind the line of scrimmage. He earned Gateway Conference Defensive Player of the Year honors and was a consensus All-America pick in 2002, registering 179 tackles (108 solo) with four sacks, 16 stops for loss, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. Only Galen Scott (186 in 1998) recorded more tackles in a season at ISU.

He finished second in the voting for the Buck Buchanan Award (given to the top defensive player in the Division 1-AA ranks), was a unanimous All-America choice and picked up Gateway Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2003. He again totaled 179 tackles (109 solo) with three sacks and 12 stops behind the line of scrimmage, leading the Gateway in tackles for the second straight year.

Grigsby again garnered All-America and Gateway Player of the Year accolades as a senior despite missing the season finale with a knee injury. He finished third in the Buck Buchanan Award voting, finishing his senior year with 129 tackles (56 solo), three sacks, 8½ stops behind the line of scrimmage and two forced fumbles.

In 44 games as a Redbird, Grigsby started 40 times. He recorded 580 tackles (325 solo), breaking the conference and school career record of 579 set by Galen Scott (1997-2000). He also had 13 sacks for minus-77 yards and 41½ stops for losses of 132 yards. Only Scott (43) and John Kropke (54, 1984-87) had more tackles behind the line of scrimmage in school history. His six fumble recoveries tied the ISU record of six, set by several players (most recently by Jerry Creer, 1993-96). He also caused five fumbles and deflected seven passes.

ANALYSIS

Grigsby is a bit undersized and will have to operate in a 4-3 defense in the pros, or possibly move to weak-side linebacker to take advantage of his foot speed. Grigsby would be best served operating in a system that will cover him up and let him roam free. He is a much better performer making plays on the move, as he does not always use his hands effectively to prevent blockers from getting into his exposed chest and stonewalling him on the play. He lacks natural hands for the interception, and while he will make the effort, his small hands make him fight to secure the ball.

Blessed with exceptional quickness, for some reason this avid weightlifter's strength does not always translate to the football field. He has the speed to string plays wide, but when asked to face up he struggles to shed. He just seems to lack the size with bulk to hold up at the point of attack at times. He has very good lateral agility and reads the full flow of the ball well. He is very instinctive making reads and is alert to blocking schemes.

He has a great closing burst and good range vs. the run. Grigsby also does a good job of avoiding blocks on the move, which allows him to angle and take the shorter route to the ball carrier.

On the run, he is capable of taking proper angles to the ball and using his speed to slip through trash and make tackles in the backfield. He is more of an arm tackler, leading to a lot of missed hits as the bigger runners are able to slip off his shots. Grigsby is a powerful tackler but needs to improve his hand usage in order to gain good leverage. He seems to run around blocks too often, and while he has good lateral agility, looks a little stiff in his hips when having to redirect.

Against the inside run, his weight-room strength does not translate to the field. He has trouble shedding at times and can get pushed around working inside the box. He is a good wrap-up tackler who can generate pop, but sometimes looks soft taking on the lead block and needs to bring his feet and explode into the ball carrier better. He is more of a move-oriented tackler, as he does not make many tackles head-on, but can wrap and drag the opponent down.

His pass-coverage skills, especially in one-on-one situations, are lacking. He seems to be late reacting to the receiver's moves and lacks the size to reroute tight ends. He needs to get better hand placement in pass protection and must do a better hob of getting to the drop point when playing in the zone.

As a pass rusher, he lacks any type of moves to be consistent here. He fails to avoid blockers on the inside blitz, but shows suddenness when coming off the edge and having a clear lane. His strength in the weight room could be better featured if only he'd face up more on tackles. He has marginal pass-drop agility and is prone to reading fakes and biting on play-action in pass coverage. He needs to learn better zone coverage responsibilities, as Grigsby is not always in the right spot in his pass drop.

Grigsby has good athletic ability and can contribute on the next level, but it's doubtful if he will ever come close to matching his collegiate statistics. Some teams might be considering him as a strong safety, as they feel he has reached maximum size growth potential. But with his pass coverage difficulties, it would be tough to make a position change at this time.

INJURY REPORT

2004: Sat out the season finale vs. Florida Atlantic after undergoing surgery on Nov. 17 to repair a torn lateral meniscus in his left knee.

AGILITY

4.55 in the 40-yard dash … 400-pound bench press … 600-pound squat … 335-pound power clean … 36-inch vertical jump … 30¼-inch arm length … 9¼-inch hands … Right-handed ….

HIGH SCHOOL

Attended Canton (Ill.) High, playing football for coach Steve Graves … All-area as a senior when Canton was 10-2 with a spot in Class 4A's elite eight … Recorded 120 tackles as a senior with 80 solo, 10 stops for lossand five sacks … His interception sealed a playoff win over top-seeded Rochelle … Honor roll student … Was the USTA trampoline and double mini champion and a member of the AAU national team. … Three-time AAU All-America trampoline award winner.

PERSONAL

Business administration major … Nicknamed Boomer by his grandmother on the date of his birth (real name is James) … Son of David and Paula Grigsby … Born Nov. 15, 1981, in Canton, Ill.

DaKCMan AP
04-24-2005, 11:04 AM
College: Illinois St.
Height: 5-113/4
Position: Inside Linebacker
Weight: 249
Class: Senior
40-Yard: 4.67

SCOUTING REPORT

Strengths: Solidly built...Excellent speed...Very productive...Fiery and extremely competitive...Always around the ball and seemingly in on every play.

Weaknesses: Doesn't have the ideal height you look for...May be too confident in his ability at times...Doesn't work through traffic well...Not an explosive tackler.

Notes: First name is James...Prolific and highly decorated player at the I-AA level...One of the top small school sleepers in the draft.



maybe in the zach thomas mold...??

Douche Baggins
04-24-2005, 11:05 AM
Hey...is this guy related to Bill PRRRRRRRRRRICE CHOPPER Grigsby?

Mr. Kotter
04-24-2005, 11:05 AM
SCANLON is as good as gone....sorry about that Roys

runnercyclist
04-24-2005, 11:05 AM
- Boomer is an amazingly deadly tackler, who levels opponents with his crushing hits. He has good size and has amazing strength to match his play on the field. He is quick on his feet, and is blessed with very good speed for an ILB. He is the type of player that other teams will need to play around, if they have any hopes of beating him. While many would expect him to be a flashy, cocky player, he is the exact opposite. A mild mannered, team player is exactly what Boomer embodies. He’s a true beast in the weight room and works endlessly to improve on his game.

- The biggest weakness with Boomer would be his lack of exposure. Coming from a Div 1-AA program, he’ll be less likely to receive national exposure. This could affect his draft stature, but shouldn’t be enough to let him slide into Day 2.

- He is a great player, blessed with all of the intangibles. Speed, size, strength, attitude, instincts, technique, and leadership are all strong points associated with Boomer. He looks to be a steal for whoever happens to draft him in the coming draft.

Yaeh, baby!

4th and Long
04-24-2005, 11:05 AM
Yay! Another Grigs!
http://www.thekansascitystore.com/images/thumbnails/478-grigs200.jpg
Beeeeeeeeauuuuuuuuuuuuuteeeeeeeeful!!!
I sure hope I don't get him confused with the old guy that does the Chopper commercials. :p

Mr. Laz
04-24-2005, 11:06 AM
another eval:

Boomer Grigsby

Official Bio College: Illinois St. Height: 5-113/4
Position: Inside Linebacker Weight: 249
Class: Senior 40-Yard: 4.67
SCOUTING REPORT

Strengths: Solidly built...Excellent speed...Very productive...Fiery and extremely competitive...Always around the ball and seemingly in on every play.

Weaknesses: Doesn't have the ideal height you look for...May be too confident in his ability at times...Doesn't work through traffic well...Not an explosive tackler.

Notes: First name is James...Prolific and highly decorated player at the I-AA level...One of the top small school sleepers in the draft.

siberian khatru
04-24-2005, 11:06 AM
At least it looks like he wasn't a big reach...

Special teamer.

Projected in the 5th.

ST sounds exactly right.

Douche Baggins
04-24-2005, 11:08 AM
Yay! Another Grigs!
http://www.thekansascitystore.com/images/thumbnails/478-grigs200.jpg
Beeeeeeeeauuuuuuuuuuuuuteeeeeeeeful!!!
I sure hope I don't get him confused with the old guy that does the Chopper commercials. :p

OWNED!

Skip Towne
04-24-2005, 11:09 AM
Buh Bye Mitchell.

RINGLEADER
04-24-2005, 11:11 AM
At least it looks like he wasn't a big reach...

Special teamer.


Exactly.

Good pick-up at this level IMO.

Coach
04-24-2005, 11:11 AM
Boomer sounds alot like Zach Thomas when he came out.....

DaKCMan AP
04-24-2005, 11:13 AM
Boomer sounds alot like Zach Thomas when he came out.....

gotta steal my comparison :p

Gravedigger
04-24-2005, 11:16 AM
Yeah our pick is so badass that he came with a nickname "Boomer" I don't see Alex Smith with a nickname or Maurice Clarett. So take THAT! ROFL

Michael Michigan
04-24-2005, 11:16 AM
Projected in the 5th.

ST sounds exactly right.

That's the brilliance of CP swapping those 5th rounders.

This guy would have been gone.

;)

keg in kc
04-24-2005, 11:21 AM
That's the brilliance of CP swapping those 5th rounders.

This guy would have been gone.While the pick may not have been a reach, that certainly was.

Michael Michigan
04-24-2005, 11:38 AM
While the pick may not have been a reach, that certainly was.


:)

AirForceChief
04-24-2005, 11:57 AM
- Boomer is an amazingly deadly tackler, who levels opponents with his crushing hits. He has good size and has amazing strength to match his play on the field. He is quick on his feet, and is blessed with very good speed for an ILB. He is the type of player that other teams will need to play around, if they have any hopes of beating him. While many would expect him to be a flashy, cocky player, he is the exact opposite. A mild mannered, team player is exactly what Boomer embodies. He’s a true beast in the weight room and works endlessly to improve on his game.

- The biggest weakness with Boomer would be his lack of exposure. Coming from a Div 1-AA program, he’ll be less likely to receive national exposure. This could affect his draft stature, but shouldn’t be enough to let him slide into Day 2.

- He is a great player, blessed with all of the intangibles. Speed, size, strength, attitude, instincts, technique, and leadership are all strong points associated with Boomer. He looks to be a steal for whoever happens to draft him in the coming draft.

Yaeh, baby!

Mind sharing where this info came from?

whoman69
04-24-2005, 12:03 PM
Buh Bye Mitchell.
I don't think this year, but if Mitchell cannot show anything this year, he could be gone the next. He is the only backup in the middle with experience as I do not expect Maz to be back.