MORGANTOWN — It was 19 days ago that Will Grier told an NFL Combine audience “I feel like I’m the best quarterback in this draft.”
What rang cocky to some was Grier showing the confidence necessary to lead an NFL huddle. He even attributed the comment to “being authentic,” advice he received from his agent and current pros.
“I think you have to be confident that you’re the best to ever do it to play the position,” Grier said Thursday at West Virginia’s pro day. “If you lack confidence in any way, you’re not going to perform the way that you should. I truly believe that.
“I truly believe that I’m the best. That’s the way I wake up every day and think. It’s a motivator. I’m motivated to prove that I’m the best and to back up what I say.”
Grier, who rates anywhere from a late first-rounder to the third round, said he hasn’t heard any direct pushback regarding his best-in-class proclamation.
“I talk to coaches and I tell them the same thing,” he said. “People can form opinions on that — like they do with anything else about my game — but that’s truly me.
“It’s all about finding the fit. Some guys like it, some guys don’t. But I’ve had success at the last places I’ve been with the locker room and with football with that same mindset. That’s part of who I am, and that’s part of what I mean when I say being authentic.”
Grier had a sharp pro day at West Virginia’s indoor facility, zipping passes to David Sills, Trevon Wesco, and, unexpectedly, Dominique Maiden —who became a late substitute when Gary Jennings tweaked a hamstring.
Showing the same passing velocity that rated highest at the combine, Grier made pinpoint throws from the pocket and even took a scout’s request to loft a deep bomb off a sprintout move.