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Seahawks sign LSU track runner who didn’t play college football

The Seahawks are the latest team to bring in an athlete who didn’t play college football.

Cyril Grayson, who ran track at LSU, signed with Seattle today. The Seahawks say he’ll play wide receiver, which he played in high school.

“I know a lot of question marks were raised when I came in because I haven’t played football since 2011,” Grayson said. “So why should I even be here? It’s always been a passion of mine and it’s always been the plan to play [football], but because of scholarships and other reasons with compliance, I wasn’t able to play. I’ve been training on my own and doing things I need to do to stay in shape and stay ready for an opportunity like this. Today was a great day. When I lined up I put up really good numbers. I can’t complain.”

Grayson decided after his track career ended to give football a try, and he worked out at LSU’s Pro Day and put up solid numbers: A 4.33-second 40-yard dash, a 10-foot, 7-inch broad jump and a 34.5-inch vertical jump. (Standard caveat applies, 40-yard dash times at Pro Days are generally faster than at the Scouting Combine.)

Several NFL teams have signed basketball players, wrestlers or track and field athletes who didn’t play college football, and a few such players have had success in the NFL. At 5-foot-9 and 178 pounds, Grayson is small by NFL standards, and his best event was the 400 meters, while track athletes who transition to the NFL usually specialize in the shorter sprints. So he’s a long shot to make it in the NFL. But at this point in the offseason, when teams have plenty of roster space, there’s no harm in seeing what a talented athlete can do.

Photo via Seahawks.com.

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13 Responses to “Seahawks sign LSU track runner who didn’t play college football”
  1. xenova1 says: Apr 10, 2017 8:50 PM

    If the Browns signed him, I would be skeptical. But with Carroll signing him, he might be something special. Teams at the Seahawks level don’t have room to fill their rosters with an experiment.

  2. fmc651 says: Apr 10, 2017 8:53 PM

    Too small. He won’t be able to withstand the punishment.

  3. fmc651 says: Apr 10, 2017 8:54 PM

    I like the effort in giving different guys a shot though.

  4. j huber says: Apr 10, 2017 9:12 PM

    This is only an experiment. If it doesn’t work, he will be history before season starts.

  5. Bob says: Apr 10, 2017 9:22 PM

    Considering he didn’t play for Les Miles, he won’t have a lot of bad on-field habits that need to be cleaned up.

  6. drcap says: Apr 10, 2017 9:38 PM

    Renaldo Nehemiah was faster… and had 4 tds in 3 years.

  7. arvinkp says: Apr 10, 2017 10:03 PM

    Camp body… no real chance of making the team.

  8. fumblenuts says: Apr 10, 2017 10:07 PM

    More than likely just a camp body…

  9. khukri79 says: Apr 10, 2017 10:35 PM

    They will probably have him play OL. Hahaha

  10. Kelly's Chronicles says: Apr 11, 2017 12:05 AM

    Anyone remember Renaldo Nehemiah?

  11. Big Ant TV says: Apr 11, 2017 12:51 AM

    he’s a speed guy nice kick returner or punt guy that they need since they let harvin go years ago
    and if he can get the nfl route tree down and bulk up hes a mismatch on slow LB in the slot

  12. aj66shanghai says: Apr 11, 2017 4:33 AM

    He’s small but tell Steve Smith that 5’9″ is too small for the NFL. And he’s a guy that doesn’t have those 4 tears of getting hit, 4 years of avoiding nagging little injuries most guys have after a collegiate career.

    Not saying he will be a hall of famer but I think it is a solid move to give him a shot. Aside from Jimmy Graham and Tyler Locket, the Seahawks receivers are mostly undrafted and unknown guys. Great way to save money at a position that can be very costly for teams with top WRs.

  13. txmidnite says: Apr 11, 2017 6:46 PM

    Anyone remember Bob Hayes?

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