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Miami Hurricanes NFL Draft Profile: LB Jermaine Grace

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Jermaine Grace looks for a new beginning in the pros

NCAA Football: Miami at North Carolina Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Measurements: Five foot eleven, 209 pounds

Hometown: Hollywood, Florida

High School: A consensus four-star linebacker coming out of Miramar High School, Grace tallied 140 tackles, two interceptions, nine sacks, and 20 tackles for loss, according to his bio.

Miami Days

Highly touted upon his arrival at the University of Miami, linebacker Jermaine Grace was a key member of Miami’s 2013 recruiting class. He picked Miami over Tennessee and Louisville. Most of Grace’s contributions during his freshman year came from playing on special teams, with eight tackles on the season.

His production picked up during his sophomore season. Grace’s usage climbed tremendously, with more repetitions under his belt in comparison to his freshman season. He was also second to Denzel Perryman in total tackles (60) and finished the season fourth on the team in tackles for loss, adding three sacks along the way.

As part of former defensive coordinator Mark D’Onofrio’s 3–4 defense, Grace saw plenty of action in the form of tackles. His best season as a Hurricane was in 2015, when he set the pace with a team-high 79 tackles, six of which resulted in a tackle for loss and two counting towards his sack count.

Before he could take the field for his senior year, both Jermaine Grace and Al-Quadin Muhammad became entangled in a luxury rental car scandal that resulted in them being dismissed from the school, since it was a violation of NCAA rules. Grace was allowed to complete his degree even though he was bounced from the football team. Grace declared his intention to enter the draft after he sat out the 2016 season instead of transferring to another program.

Grace was invited to participate at UM’s Pro Day, his first time being eligible to participate in an Miami athletic event since he was kicked off the team. Packing on more pounds and looking much more defined than any time during his playing days at the school, Grace hulked up to address the concerns about him holding up as a linebacker at the NFL level.

One can only wonder what type of impact Grace would have made if he had been eligible to be a part of defensive coordinator Manny Diaz’s 4–3 defense.

Best Game Film

Miami Hurricanes vs. Duke Blue Devils, October 31, 2015

Grace collected 17 total tackles against the Blue Devils. Nine of those tackles were unassisted and resulting in a tackle for loss.

A single season away from football is not typically a mark of death, given that players get injured and miss a season fairly frequently in the sport. However, there is a harsher assessment given to those who are exiled from a program. Losing out on a year of football is a difficult obstacle to overcome in the evaluation process. However, Grace does possess natural talent, a good work ethic, and decent instincts to contribute to a team and round out his game.