West Virginia's Will Grier isn't often mentioned with Oklahoma's Kyler Murray, Ohio State's Dwayne Haskins, Missouri's Drew Lock and Duke's Daniel Jones as a first-round quarterback prospect, but he should be.
NFL draft narratives don't always reflect reality.
A year ago, Baker Mayfield wasn't a lock to become the first overall pick. He was too short, didn't have a big enough arm and may have had attitude issues. None of those ideas were actually true, but they surfaced throughout the predraft process. The Cleveland Browns weren't swayed, and the signal-caller rewarded the franchise by setting the single-season rookie record with 27 touchdown passes.
Fast forward 11 months, and a few more incorrect narratives have rooted themselves among this year's quarterback class. Some involve how the top prospects are viewed, while others deal specifically with Grier's skill set and overall standing.
Murray and Haskins are expected to be top-10 picks. The perception is that Lock is next in line and then Jones, an intriguing prospect multiple teams will consider in the opening frame.
An NFC assistant coach told The MMQB's Albert Breer this year's class is shaping up more like the 2014 version. That year, Teddy Bridgewater was considered the top prospect yet plummeted to the 32nd overall pick. The Jacksonville Jaguars surprised nearly everyone by choosing Blake Bortles with the third overall pick. Despite all of the warning signs, the Browns still chose Johnny Manziel with the 22nd selection. This year may have just as many surprises.