Let’s kick this segment off with a few quick questions. Did you have a man crush on Deone Bucannon and you didn’t get to draft him? As a result, you were stuck watching him blowup this past year as a box safety/hybrid middle linebacker right? Same can be said somewhat for Mark Barron. Did you almost grab Shaq Thompson and miss out? Finally, did you have your eye on Su’a Cravens out of USC and did he just get pre-drafted by the league’s fanny pack guru in front of you? Well, I may have just what the doctor ordered, at least in terms of a 2016 IDP Deep Sleeper you can nab late. Enter, New England Patriots LB/S Kamu Grugier-Hill.
KGH was a 4-year player at Eastern Illinois. Standing 6’2” and weighing in at 208 pounds, he was ultimately drafted by the New England Patriots in the 6th round (208th overall).
Grugier-Hill is the second in my series on “IDP Deep Sleepers” this off-season. Now, let’s get to the good stuff. Gugier-Hill’s numbers jumped off the screen for me at his pro-day, which was held at Northwestern. However, his collegiate film was even more telling. KGH has everything I look for in a solid IDP player namely persistence, which he displays consistently by not giving up on a play (even though if that play ends in a long gain). For example, Illinois State’s Marshaun Coprich broke free and was off for a long gain, but around the 5-yard line right before he was to score, KGH ran him down and still made the tackle. Even though this play was a blow against the EIU Panthers defense, it showed the speed and determination I love seeing in a young player who is showcasing his talents and relentless aggression.
The term I love seeing, when scouting wide receivers, is “Quick-Twitch.” By extension, this term is a great way to describe KGH. He has amazing chase down speed and is a start/stop monster. The loose hips he possesses and quick feet help him sort through traffic (which helped him tremendously on special teams). As soon as he puts a target on the ball carrier he has the instant diagnosing skills to destroy them. Additionally, KGH is a solid wrap up tackler and has become a terror on QB blitzes. At the end of the day, I really think he will be a solid “in the box” safety or middle linebacker in the NFL.
99% of Kamu’s weaknesses come from his weight and strength. If he gains more strength, he will be able to disengage and shed the blocks that ate him up in college. The hand violence also needs to be addressed. Kamu also needs to scrape and square up with the line a little better when pursuing a would-be ball carrier. I have no doubt in my mind that the New England staff will rub off on this amazing young man and he will thrive as a stellar box safety in N.E. or where ever he roams.
Pro Day Results:
38 1/2’”-inch vertical jump/4.45 40-yard dash/10’9” broad jump.
Well, if you haven’t noticed yet I have a man-crush on KGH. I watched a lot of film on him and he is relentless and never, ever gives up on a play. Either on defense or special teams, KGH’s nose is headed for the ball. The Patriots back-up QB Jimmy Garoppolo (who knew a young KGH, while they both attended Eastern Illinois) let the Patriots brass know that this young man has a very high character make-up as well. With that recommendation, coupled with the New England system an in addition to his high motor and plus personality Kamu Grugier-Hill has the recipe for long term IDP success.
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