Seahawks scout Ed Dobbs unearthed former LSU track star Cyril Grayson last week. Let’s look into a few facts about the man who could suit up at wide receiver for Seattle this season.
First, let’s start with what we all already know. The newest Seahawks wide receiver hasn’t played football outside of a few pickup games. (Scary thought meeting this guy in the park for a friendly two-hand touch game, isn’t it? Also, how come no one plays pickup football anymore? I know of a regular flag football game at Jefferson Park in Beacon Hill, not sure if it’s still going, though.)
Actually, the last time Grayson played football for a team with real pads and helmets was 2011, when he recorded 731 yards on 28 catches for Archbishop Rummel High School in Kenner, Louisiana. Seahawks scout Ed Dobbs, who clued the Seahawks in on defensive end Frank Clark, a controversial pick back in 2015 but he has seemed to put his troubled past behind him, wined and dined Grayson at his favorite restaurant in Baton Rouge, Roux 61.* Before long, he was in Seattle signing a contract.
Dobbs, ever the meticulous researcher, learned of Grayson’s favorite seafood and steak joint to bring him into the receiving corps. He felt strongly about Grayson, seeing a hardworking background and the physical skills to play in the NFL. Here are five (more) facts about the 23-year-old:
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1. Grayson was eligible to be signed directly out of college because he didn’t play football and he was a fifth-year senior at LSU. He could have signed with any team he wanted without going through the draft.
2. He helped LSU win four national relay titles as a runner.
3. Grayson killed LSU’s NFL Pro Day after twisting some arms of the LSU football staffers. He ran a 4.33 40-yard dash time and broad jumped 10 feet, seven inches. Yikes. Good thing Dobbs had already made contact with Grayson, and the Seahawks were first in line.
4. He’s a seven-time All-American and five-time All-SEC sprinter. Add that to his four national titles and you have a high-level winner.
5. Grayson is a kinesiology major who used what was left of his track scholarship at LSU into creating his own training program ahead of his Pro Day. The guy spent thousands of dollars, begged for money from mentors and friends (probably), and put off looking for a master’s program so he could perform well one particular day.
It’s no guarantee Grayson makes the team out of Training Camp. His on-field skills may be understandably unpolished compared to others, but if he plays for the Seahawks, imagine how prepared he’d be for each game. At least Ed Dobbs and the Seahawks make every Training Camp refreshingly interesting every year.
*Wow, that’s a long sentence.