Earlier this evening, Baker Mayfield - a noted thorn in the side of all Mountaineers - was selected by the Cleveland Browns with the first overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. Of course, the Big 12 Conference didn’t waste any time to congratulate the former walkon via Twitter.
Even better for the Big 12 is that next year they’re going to be able to celebrate something that hasn’t been done since 1998-99, and never in the Big 12’s history: two quarterbacks from the same conference selected first overall in the NFL Draft in back-to-back years.
That’s right folks,
Will Grier is going to be the first overall selection in the 2019 NFL Draft
According to Pro Football Focus, Grier is the No. 1 rated player in the 2019 draft. That’s right, I said player - not just quarterback. He’s currently boasting a 101.24 PFF QBR - making him the top rated signal caller - and is only joined by Missouri’s Drew Lock in QBs with a rating over 97.
Before having his season ended due to a broken hand, Grier was on pace to throw for 4000 yards in his first season as a West Virginia Mountaineer. We already know that quarterbacks seem to have increased success in their second season in Dana Holgorsen’s offense. You can look at what Geno Smith, Clint Trickett and Skyler Howard did to back up that claim. The Mountaineer offense is going to put up a ridiculous number of yards this season, and Grier is going to be the guy leading the way.
NFL teams love to try to find some fatal flaw in collegiate prospects prior to the Draft - almost as if they’re looking for a reason not to draft a player.
Aside from that situation with the Florida Gators and some over-the-counter supplements from GNC, Grier has kept a squeaky clean record. He’s mature beyond his years when compared to most college athletes, and has a beautiful wife and daughter that he clearly adores. He’s a consummate family man, and the antithesis of everything Baker Mayfield is, and NFL teams are going to be tripping over themselves to draft the guy.
But What About The Tweets!?
I’m glad you asked! We all saw this evening how some not-so-savory tweets from a 14 year old Josh Allen may have played a factor in him falling to the Buffalo Bills with the seventh overall pick instead of going first overall, as most of the talking heads predicted.
The good news is that there’s nothing to find. Grier has already deleted all of his tweets. If you check his timeline, all you’re going to find are some old retweets from around the time he committed to the Florida Gators. Savvy Internet users will try to jump on the Wayback Machine to dig up those deleted tweets, but I’ve already beat them to the punch. While you will find the previously deleted tweets, it looks like Grier was smart enough to not tweet dumb, controversial shit from his account - a crazy concept that a staggering amount of people can’t seem to grasp.
So, Let’s Talk Destinations
We can only assume that Baker Mayfield will lead the Cleveland Browns to the NFL Promised Land (aka an 8-8 season), so we’ll take them off the board as possible destinations. The perennial loser New Jets will probably be right there in the discussion for the No. 1 pick after they selected USC’s Sam Darnold over Josh Rosen with the third overall pick this evening.
Perhaps the Jets’ cross-town rival New York Football Giants will find themselves sitting at No. 1 after Eli Manning announces his retirement from football mid-way through the 2018 football season. Just imagine Grier to Odell Beckham Jr. or Grier hitting Saquon Barkley with a screen pass out of the backfield. Magical.
The Miami Dolphins could be in the market for a quarterback after another bad season with Ryan Tannehill. I’m sure Will and his wife would love to get back to the Sunshine State. The Dolphins have a decent cast of characters for Grier to throw the ball to in Danny Amendola, Kenny Stills and DeVante Parker. I mean, they’re no David Sills but who is?
For good measure, let’s just add in a total wildcard here. Let’s say the Mitchell Trubisky Experience doesn’t quite work out in Chicago. I’ll just throw it out there. Will Grier to Kevin White.