Grier Shines But David Sills Steals Scouts' Eyes

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This is my 5th trip to Morgantown, WV in as many years. And this is undoubtedly the best football team that the Mountaineers have sported in that span. In my time attending games, never have I seen the level of NFL presence in the box to scout the game. A total of 9 teams were credentialed as Will Grier, David Sills and the Mountaineers trounced Kansas State, 35-6.

Those teams?

  • Philadelphia Eagles
  • Pittsburgh Steelers
  • New York Jets
  • Seattle Seahawks
  • Oakland Raiders
  • Indianapolis Colts
  • Los Angeles Chargers
  • Green Bay Packers
  • Cleveland Browns

Now, this wasn't the same turnout from last year's game against Oklahoma State, when Pittsburgh GM Kevin Colbert, Washington Senior VP of Player Personnel Doug Williams and Buffalo GM Brandon Beane were in the house. But the volume was high!

And the talent for West Virginia did not disappoint. Entering the game, the argument could be made that the three best players on either team were West Virginia's offensive trio of QB Will Grier, OT Yodny Cajuste and WR David Sills.

During the game, one scout in particular was very vocal and emphatic on his praise for WR Sills, who finished the game with three receiving touchdowns. Two of those touchdowns game on the 1-yard line, illustrating the degree of difficulty containing Sills' big body in the red zone. Sills ran free on a slant pattern for the first before coming back on the second and attacking inside leverage before pressing vertically and elevating to steal the football away from the defensive back.

Grier's Passing Chart

The touchdown throws were just a handful of numerous well thrown balls by Grier. I was able to chart his passing performance from the game, which is available below.

The 74% accurate throw measure for Grier (9 inaccurate tosses in 35 passes) was right in line with his year to date figure of 75% (15 inaccurate on 60 passes entering the contest). It's always nice when a player gives you a similar snapshot of who he is as a player.

So who is Grier? He's still a bit wild. He loves to try to get throws out late vs. pressure and push the ball down the field. A lot of times it works for him, but is it sustainable? I loved seeing Grier keep this offense "on schedule" vs. Kansas State, throwing a lot of timing concepts vs. favorable coverage looks.

Going 18/23 inside of 10 yards, Grier was very accurate in the shallow areas of the field. Continuing to thrive there (he was 22/25 inside of 10 yards on the season entering the contest) will ease some sustainability concerns regarding Grier.

Offensive Tackle Showcase

We all know about Kansas State's Dalton Risner, who entered the season as one of the top-rated linemen in the country. He and fellow tackle Scott Frantz were the main draws for the Wildcats.

But in this scout's eye, Cajuste was the best Tackle on the field for either team this past Sunday, showing great mobility and length. Risner was a powerhouse playing forward and regularly collapsed the line of scrimmage and created room to run. But his lateral mobility and range as a blocker was no where near the caliber Cajuste put on display.

For what it's worth, an AFC scout told me he liked Cajuste a lot and thought he had high upside as a starting left tackle in the league.

More performances like this one will help Cajuste get some traction and buzz as a pro prospect.

Written By:

Kyle Crabbs

Chief Brand Officer

CBO & Senior NFL Draft Analyst for The Draft Network. Co-host of the Draft Dudes podcast. Former NDT Scouting Overlord.