Virginia Tech defensive end Jason Worilds isn't the only Hokie who has received an invitation to the NFL combine. Former linebacker Cody Grimm received an invitation two days ago. I just spoke with Grimm, who is training in Arizona. Grimm said he's hired an agent who said he is "definitely draftable."
"I'm not going to put all my eggs in one basket, but I'm going to give it a shot," Grimm said. "[My agent] said it depends a lot on how I run and how I do at the combine. I hope I run well and get drafted, but at the same time, if I can just get into a camp and get into some practices, I can prove I can make the next level."
If the former walk-on works as hard as he did at Virginia Tech, it shouldn't be a problem. Grimm played larger than he looks this past season, and it earned him a spot on the ACC's all-conference team. He was also named the defensive MVP of the Chick-fil-A Bowl. Grimm is a hard hitter, a good tackler, has a great understanding of the game and good instincts. And hardly anyone recruited him.
He has never had a problem, though, with earning his playing time.
Grimm said he's training to be a strong safety, but he'll play whatever position he's given the opportunity. Training in Arizona has also moved him closer to his father, Russ, and brother, Chad, who are both on staff with the Arizona Cardinals. Whether he's a late-round draft choice, or an undrafted free agent, odds are Grimm will continue to exceed expectations.