NEPD Editor: James Christensen
With the 97th pick, the Patriots then selected Geneo Grissom (DE, Oklahoma).
In exchange for the 96th pick and a 7th rounder, the Browns sent back a 4th, 5th and 6th-round selections.
Geneo Grissom is a man without a position drafted to a team without a schematic identity. He has played defensive end, linebacker and even tight end. The Patriots saw some draftable traits that they think they can develop into a productive pass-rusher. As a rookie, I can’t see him outside of a situational pass-rusher role.
Grissom has an athletic 6’3″, 260-pound frame that he propels to top-speed very quickly. He can dispose of blockers when called upon on the edge, but looks better letting it rip towards the quarterback. He is a huge work in progress moving backwards and struggles in coverage.
Moving forward, however, Grissom may have a different role to play in the Patriots defense. He has ideal measurables for a linebacker in the New England system. If he can make a conversion similar to Jamie Collins or Tedy Bruschi, he could be a steal at this position. Don’t expect that development to happen overnight.
Belichick seemed pleased with Grissom being on the board. “In 2013, they played a 3-4 defense – he’s played under two different coordinators. But when Mike Stoops came back with his 3-4 defense, they didn’t have enough depth there at defensive end. So, he played four-technique, actually four-i-technique in 2013 at 260 pounds. He was way undersized. But I mean, he competed well. They didn’t knock him off the line of scrimmage. He didn’t look like a linebacker, you wouldn’t think he was that light if you didn’t know it based one the way he played. He plays with good playing strength. He runs well. Then this year, it looked like they had more depth on the defensive line. They moved him to outside linebacker.”