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Dru Grigson

MLB | (6-1, 238, 4.65) | William Penn
By Pro Football Weekly

Notes: Younger brother of Ryan Grigson, a standout offensive lineman at Purdue who went on to play in the NFL for the Bengals and Lions and currently scouts for the Rams. Attended Fork Union Military Academy in 1996. Went to New Mexico State in '97 and redshirted. Broke his leg (both the tibia and fibula) and had to sit out the '98 season at New Mexico State. Matters became even more complicated when a major infection set in. Was not in school in '99. Came to Northern Iowa in 2000, but missed six games with a hernia. Played in four games, started once and had three tackles. Moved to MLB in '01 but, for a combination of reasons, rarely got off the bench. Transferred to William Penn in '02 after the NCAA granted him a sixth year of eligibility. Played in every game and started four in '02 and had 54 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, two sacks, forced one fumble and broke up two passes.

Positives: A workout warrior with a 510-pound-plus bench press, a 38-inch vertical jump and a sub-4.7 40-yard time. He looks like a model for a body-building magazine you would see on the newsstands. Can be explosive and flashes rare power. Is a strong tackler, but needs work in the open field. Knows how to play with his hands and jolts tight ends coming off the line of scrimmage.

Negatives: Would be a 25-year-old rookie project who lacks durability and has shown only average production at lower levels of competition. Lacks top-end speed and doesn't take great angles in pursuit.

Summary: Has natural tools and aces the eyeball test, but needs health, time and top-level coaching to get there.

* Player biographies are provided by Pro Football Weekly.