Cody Grimm

The ( Grimm Reaper ) Cody Grimm would be a great addition to this team

Characterized as too small and too slow coming out of high school, Grimm didn't earn much attention from college recruiters.

He walked on at Virginia Tech and saw most of his game action over the next two years on special teams.

When given a chance to contribute on defense as a junior, Grimm's posted 71 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks and forced two fumbles -- despite only starting one game.

In 2009, Grimm earned a starting job and developed into arguably the ACC's most consistent defender. He led the Hokies with 106 tackles and set the conference record with a seven forced fumbles.

If scouts grade Grimm based on his production and game film, he'll be drafted higher than expected. More likely, Grimm will be viewed as too small for linebacker and too slow for safety. Despite his production and bloodlines, he was a last-minute addition to the NFL Combine. If a team gives him a shot, he'll surprise -- as an outside linebacker, strong safety or strictly on special teams. There isn't a more instinctive football player in the 2010 draft.


Read & React: His best trait. Reads the action instantly, playing faster than he'll run in workouts. Beats blockers to the ballcarrier in the running game and is just as effective in the passing game, reacting quickly to make the reliable open-field tackle shortly after the reception is made.

Man Coverage: Lacks the height and straight-line speed that scouts would like. Changes direction quickly and accelerates smoothly, making him effective against short and underneath routes. Doesn't have the straight-line speed to handle one-on-one coverage against slot receivers and could be exposed deep against NFL athletes. Similarly, his lack of height could be exposed in the NFL against big receivers and tight ends. Good hand-eye coordination and timing to leap and compete for jump balls against bigger, more explosive athletes.

Zone Coverage: Like most safeties, is too high in his backpedal, but his instincts and quickness make him a quality zone coverage defender. Disciplined defender that can make the tackle in the open field.

Closing/Recovery: Closes quickly on the ball in front of him due to his instincts and burst. Takes good angles to the ball. Reads the field and can avoid blockers on his way to making the stop. Lacks the straight-line speed for deep coverage and doesn't have a second gear to recover if beaten initially.

Run Support: Despite his lack of size, aggressively attacks the line of scrimmage against the run. Doesn't have the size or strength to defeat offensive linemen's blocks, but eludes them effectively and typically beats them to the ballcarrier.

Tackling: An area of relative strength despite his marginal size. Good balance to break down and make the tackle against quicker runners. Gets low to take out the legs of bigger backs and tight ends. Reliable and secure wrap-up tackler that flashes some pop. Rips the ball out of the hands of ballcarriers.

Intangibles: Former walk-on. Starter on three special teams units, including serving as the personal protector in 2008-09. Good bloodlines. Father is Russ Grimm, who earned four consecutive Pro Bowl nods as a member of the famed Hogs offensive line of the Washington Redskins. Russ Grimm now serves as an assistant head coach and offensive line coach for the Arizona Cardinals.

2008 Season

Had 71 tackles on the season, including 14 for losses of 75 total yards … His 7.5 sacks tied for second on the squad … Also tied for fifth on the team in QB hurries with seven and forced two fumbles … Served as the personal protector on the punt team and started on three special team units … Had four tackles during the ECU game, including one behind the line … Also made a tackle inside the 20 on a kickoff … Had 19 plays on special teams in the Furman game to go with 31 on defense … Posted five total tackles … Started and contributed his first interception in the win over Georgia Tech … Was in on three tackles … Played 22 defensive downs at UNC, contributing a sack and a second tackle for loss among his five tackles … Got 20 plays on defense and 18 on special teams at Nebraska … Had four tackles, including a sack, during the WKU game … Contributed six tackles at BC while playing 35 defensive downs and 16 special team plays … Recorded two sacks and shared another tackle for loss during the FSU game … Picked up two more tackles for loss in the Maryland game, including a sack … Finished with seven tackles, including a couple on kickoff returns … Led the team with eight tackles, including two for losses, at Miami … Tied for tops on the team with eight tackles in the Duke game … Had a QB hurry and a pair of tackles versus UVa … Led the team with eight tackles, including 2.5 for loss, in the ACC championship game against BC … Had five total tackles against Cincinnati in the Orange Bowl along with a sack, another TFL and an interception … Earned Iron Hokie honors during the off-season program, posting a 390-pound front squat and a 326-pound clean … Earned the Moseley Award for hustle during off-season workouts and spring practice … Contributed two tackles in the Maroon-White game.

2007 Season

Was one of eight players to make all six of his strength and conditioning goals … Started on three special team units in the opener against ECU … Saw action on 15 defensive snaps at whip linebacker and 15 special team plays during the LSU game, picking up two tackles … Worked 16 special team plays and six more on defense in the Ohio game … Was in for 53 plays against W&M, including 40 at whip linebacker … Contributed three tackles in that game … Graded high on 19 special team plays at Clemson … Played 12 snaps at linebacker against Duke and 19 plays on special teams … Collected five tackles … Picked up his first collegiate start against BC and played 21 snaps at whip with three tackles … Had two tackles on 20 special team plays against FSU … Picked up two tackles on special teams against Miami … Finished out the ACC title game at whip against BC when Cam Martin was injured … Played 20 downs and was in on three tackles … Added another tackle on special teams … Was in on six tackles against Kansas … Finished the season with 27 total tackles … Turned in the second-best NFL shuttle time (1.89) on the team during off-season testing … Turned in seven tackles during one spring scrimmage and five in another … Led all tacklers in the Maroon-White game with five.

2006 Season

A starter on three different special team units … Was in on 13 special teams plays in the opener with Northeastern … Made a tackle on a kickoff at UNC … Leveled a Duke return man … Got 11 special teams plays in the Cincinnati game and 11 more versus Georgia Tech … Posted two tackles on special teams against Southern Miss … Was in on a special team tackle versus Clemson … Added another tackle in the Kent State game, playing 14 plays on special teams … Had a tackle and played 15 special team plays at Wake Forest … Made two tackles on returns against Virginia … Ended the season with 10 total tackles … Showed some improvement during spring strength and conditioning tests … Was in on five tackles in the team's first spring scrimmage.

2005 Season

Redshirted while working on the scout team as a whip linebacker … Was in on five tackles during the spring game.

High School

Lettered three years in football as a strong safety for Coach Joe Thompson … Earned first-team all-state and Northern Region Defensive Player of the Year honors as a senior … Finished senior season with 127 tackles, seven interceptions and three sacks … Caught 17 passes for 278 yards and six touchdowns as a wide receiver … Also lettered three times in lacrosse and led team to three state championships.


Cody James Grimm … Born 2/26/87 in Fairfax, VA … Son of Russ and Karen Grimm … Father was a member of the Washington Redskins, earning Pro Bowl honors in four consecutive seasons … Brother Chad played at Tech … Enrolled in university studies.

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