The Pittsburgh Steelers under GM Kevin Colbert have a solid track record with early draft picks. Their record with late round picks however, hasn’t been great. Often times it seems later round picks aren’t drafted with the intention of them ever starting. Most steelers fans refer to them simply as “camp bodies“. As someone who tracks prospects very closely, I understand in the 6th and 7th rounds just how much talent and potential is still available. So, for this installment of steelers prospect spotlight lets take a look at a late round defensive tackle prospect with a lot of potential but not enough film to warrant a high pick. Defensive tackle is a position that looks to be rather thin in 2013 if veteran Casey Hampton does not return, but a starter isn’t a must in this draft. Hence a late round project player is in order.
Positives– Grissom plays with excellent leverage and has shown he has the power to anchor the interior defensive line. He has ideal size to be a zero technique tackle in a 3-4 defense. He keeps his butt low and while he’s not overly athletic he is strong and does a nice job with his hands. He can shed linemen and does a nice job working down the line on run plays, moving linemen along the way with his strength and hands.
Negatives-It’s so cliche’ to talk about massive guys like Grissom in terms of surprising quickness and agility. Well that doesn’t apply here. Grissom isn’t a great athlete and won’t make any wow plays with his legs. He’s also strictly a run stuffer and doesn’t show a lot of skill at rushing the passer. This is part of why he’s a pure nose tackle prospect. He’s not a good fit at a 3 technique tackle in a 4-3 defense.
Overall-Going into this season and really as far back as the 2011 season hopes were high for Grissom. He was coming off freshman and sophomore seasons where he dealt with injuries, and even going into the 2012 season, was still injury plagued. So that’s why i say there isn’t a lot of good film on him. Because of this he’s likely a 6th or 7th round pick and carries almost no risk. You cannot coach his size and physical build. And as long as he’s in the right scheme and isn’t asked to do too much, he certainly has enough potential to give a shot.