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: March 04, 2011, 10:56:58 PM

Bucs Beat: Instincts allow S Cody Grimm to excel




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Seventh-round pick Cody Grimm made an unlikely jump from the roster bubble to the starting lineup last season.

  By ROY CUMMINGS | The Tampa Tribune

Published: March 4, 2011

 TAMPA - Should the NFL ever get back to the business of actually playing football again, Buccaneers second-year safety Cody Grimm will be a player who bears watching closely.

A seventh-round draft pick out Virginia Tech, Grimm made an unlikely jump from the roster bubble to the starting lineup last season, and more than just Bucs fans were surprised by the rookie's stunning transformation.

The Bucs were surprised, too, because after drafting the former college linebacker primarily to help on special teams, they soon realized Grimm was not just a specialist, but something special.

Though he hasn't necessarily been blessed with a football player's body, the 6-foot-1, 203-pound Grimm does have the type of analytical mind coaches wish all their players had.

That became evident to the Bucs early, and that seemingly innate ability to diagnose schemes and plays allowed Grimm to become one of the biggest surprises of the Bucs' surprising 2010 season.

"Even back in the (voluntary workouts) and again during training camp, you would have thought that he'd played safety in college and not linebacker,'' Bucs general manager Mark Dominik said.

"He was just so comfortable back there and his awareness of field levels and angles it's just a special trait of his. He's just got a real good feel for it and an ability to get into the right spots. And that's what accelerated his transition.''

It took a broken leg in his ninth start, against Baltimore, to stop Grimm. But with all that instinct, it will be hard to stop Grimm from recapturing his spot as a starter once the team returns to the field.

"He may not be able to physically get up there and go man to man with (Arizona Cardinals receiver) Larry Fitzgerald, but he does understand leverage points and a quarterback's mechanics,'' Dominik said.

"Cerebrally, he's as solid as there is and, because he's instinctive, he's able to bait things and get into good position and make plays that you wouldn't think he could make.''

Hunting for a hyrbrid

It seems the draft gurus are starting to buy into the theory the Bucs' increased use of 3-4 defensive alignments could lead to them draft an outside linebacker instead of a defensive end in the first round.

In their latest mock draft, the folks at nationalfootballpost.com have the Bucs taking 6-foot-3, 254-pound Georgia DE/OLB Justin Houston, a typical "tweener,'' with the 20th overall pick.

Said the scouts at proprospects.com of Houston: "(He) is the definition of a hybrid player. He can either play the rush outside linebacker position in the 3-4 or defensive end in the 4-3.''

Where to turn?

Many have suggested moving SLB Quincy Black to middle linebacker should Barrett Ruud leave during free agency. The Bucs have thought about the possibility, but that doesn't seem to be their first option.

The Bucs have former USF standout Tyrone McKenzie and former Dolphins seventh-round draft pick J.D. Folsom behind Ruud on the depth chart. It's likely one of them would get the chance to win that job.

It seems a lot to ask of a pair of inexperienced players who were considered developmental prospects going into their respective drafts, but the Bucs believe both have the smarts to do the job.

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#1 : March 04, 2011, 11:06:38 PM

While Grimm does have great instincts, it's a little cliche to act like every while football player only makes it with brains and hard work. Grimm is a pretty respectable athlete, having run a 4.55 40 at the Combine in 2010.

FRG is the most logical poster on this board.  You guys just don\'t like where the logical conclusions take you.

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#2 : March 04, 2011, 11:22:10 PM

Beyond his athleticism and instincts, his work ethic is comparable to Freeman's. It is exactly what we need on both sides of the ball, someone who takes every step to be prepared and do everything to help his team win.

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#3 : March 05, 2011, 12:31:39 AM

I'm really excited to have him on our team, hopefully he can get to play more SS this year, he seems to be a natural fit there. If not, then at least he is on the field. Kid is like an extra LB, and lord knows how much we need LB help


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#4 : March 05, 2011, 09:31:06 AM

While Grimm does have great instincts, it's a little cliche to act like every while football player only makes it with brains and hard work. Grimm is a pretty respectable athlete, having run a 4.55 40 at the Combine in 2010.
Good athlete, great instincts, plays the game using all his assets.  Gotta like the young man ;)

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#5 : March 05, 2011, 09:54:19 AM

Love the young man's style of play.    Imagine when he gets himself an NFL body...   I'd bet he'll be around 210 lbs playing weight this season.

Who knew how good it would feel as a fan when we now know what it\'s like for our team to have a direction, an attitude, and dare I say an offense?.  

Good time to be a Bucs fan.

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#6 : March 05, 2011, 10:13:05 AM

I was very skeptical of Grimm after the Steelers game but he quickly grew on me to the point I was really disappointed I couldnt watch him continue to grow and excel after the broken leg against the Ravens.  I remember on one of the draft scouting reports lasy year, they referenced that he had the best football instincts on any player in the draft.  I am very much looking forward to seeing Grimm grow into a very solid player

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#7 : March 05, 2011, 05:24:47 PM

Yeah, for a STRONG safety he has good athletic ability. I was surprised when I saw his combine numbers. Dude is a beast and I can't wait to see #35 next year.

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#8 : March 05, 2011, 06:42:36 PM

Was very skeptical, as well, but came away TOTALLY impressed.  Horrible drafting by this regime,ey?  Another 7th rounder making a huge impact.
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