2014 NFL Draft Prospect Profile: Noel Grigsby, WR, San Jose State

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December 27, 2012; Washington, DC USA; San Jose State Spartans wide receiver Noel Grigsby (23) carries the ball as Bowling Green Falcons defensive back Darrell Hunter (1) dives to make the tackle in the third quarter of the 2012 Military Bowl at RFK Stadium. The Spartans won 29-20. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Height: 5’10”

Weight: 175 pounds

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Scouting Report/Player Notes

Grigsby caught my eye when I was scouting quarterback David Fales, whom some consider to be a first round quarterback prospect. You have to figure, a potential first round QB prospect from a non-powerhouse school has got to have some good receivers, right? Sure enough. The first thing that jumped out to me about Grigsby was his reliability, especially near the sideline. He has unbelievable concentration and awareness of where he is on the field, and you see that throughout the course of multiple games. He has UDFA size for an outside receiver, but I think if he can run well at the Scouting Combine, he could warrant a mid-late round draft pick. He’s caught over 80 passes in both 2011 and 2012, and has had over 800 receiving yards every year he’s been on campus. Played in 38 career games through his junior season at San Jose State, and had no trouble adapting to David Fales being the starting quarterback, catching 82 passes for 1,307 yards and nine touchdowns. He also averaged nearly 16 yards per reception, and showed an ability to make big plays. He knows how to work the sideline and despite his size, does not appear afraid ever to meet the ball at its highest point and beat a defensive back in a one-on-one situation.

The first-team All-WAC selection is a guy who shows a great ability to get open and create separation, and while I don’t see 4.3 speed in game footage at this point, I definitely see a quick receiver who can make people miss in the open field. This is an intriguing mid-late round prospect that is on the rise for me.

Career Highlights (via San Jose State athletics site)

AT SAN JOSE STATE: Fourth season with the Spartans…A returning starter at wide receiver…25 games played and 22 starting assignments…Fourth on the San Jose State list for career receptions (145) and seventh in career receiving yardage (1,708)…San Jose State single-season receiving leader with 89…First Spartan with 800 or more receiving yards in a season as a freshman and a sophomore…Three games with 10 or more receptions… Five contests with at least 100 receiving yards…One of four Spartans to receive 2010 Freshman All-America recognition…Named to the 2011  and 2012 Biletnikoff Award and College Football Performance Award Watch Lists…First joined the team for 2009 Fall drills… First name is pronounced NO-elle.

2011: A second-team All-WAC choice…Set a San Jose State single-season record with 89 catches…12th nationally for receptions per game… Had a four-game stretch with 42 receptions for 401 yards… 49th in the nation for receiving yards per game…Career-best 12 receptions for 126 yards in the Hawai’i win (10/14)…11-reception games against Brigham Young (10/8) and Idaho (11/5)… Season-long 60-yard touchdown reception at Louisiana Tech (10/29)… TD catch in the fourth quarter was the difference in a 27-24 win at Fresno State (11/26).

2010: A second-team Freshman All-American pick by Phil Steele…Set San Jose State freshman season receiving records with his 56 receptions for 822 yards…First Spartan freshman with at least 700 receiving yards in a season…14.7 yards per catch was the second-best figure among 2010 FBS freshmen with 50 or more receptions…Best yards per catch average by a Spartan with 50 or more receptions since John Broussard in 2006…185 yards on seven catches vs. Utah State (11/13) is a single-game freshman mark…117 receiving yards against Fresno State (10/23)…49-yard pass play was the longest by either team in the season-opener at Alabama (9/4)…Seven receptions of 40 yards or more during the season…39 catches in the final six games…Season-high eight receptions at Idaho (12/4)…Seven catches against #11-Wisconsin (9/11), Fresno State and Utah State…TD plays at Wisconsin, Fresno State, at New Mexico State (10/30) and Hawai’i.

2009: A redshirt season.

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Video Highlights (via YouTube)