BATON ROUGE, La. — The first LSU athlete off the board in this year’s NFL rookie class is not Leonard Fournette or Jamal Adams. It’s Cyril Grayson.
Yeah, that’s right. Cyril Grayson.
Grayson, an LSU track star who worked out for scouts at last week’s LSU Pro Day, was signed by the Seattle Seahawks on Monday. Because Grayson is a fifth-year senior who did not play college football, he was able to forego the draft process and join a team in free agency.
1. Who is Cyril Grayson?
Track fans will be able to answer this question much quicker than football fans.
Grayson is a four-time NCAA champion, winning indoor 4×400-meter relay titles in 2014 and 2016 and outdoor 4×400 relay titles in 2015 and 2016. He was a team member for five of the seven fastest 4×400 times in LSU history.
2. How big is Cyril Grayson?
Grayson measured in at 5-foot-9 1/4 inches and 178 pounds before LSU Pro Day.
3. How did Cyril Grayson do at Pro Day?
He did not disappoint in the 40-yard dash, equaling Jamal Adams for LSU’s top time. Grayson and Adams clocked in at 4.33 seconds.
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4. Why didn’t Cyril Grayson play football at LSU?
Grayson has not played a down of football since his senior year at Archbishop Rummel High School in Metairie, La. in 2011.
“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,” Grayson said on Pro Day. “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.
“This has always been the dream I was chasing, since I was 4 years old. I just took a different path. The ultimate goal is to get to the NFL. That’s always been the dream.”
5. What position will Grayson play in the NFL?
There will always be a spot for a track star on the kickoff return team, as former LSU standout Trindon Holliday demonstrated in his career. But Grayson also aspires to contribute to the Seahawks as a wide receiver, though he knows there is plenty of work to be done. Still, he seems aware of what he needs to do to catch on.
“The plan is to get better at running routes,” he said. “Stay smoother getting in and out of breaks.”