TEMPE, Ariz. -- Finally healed and back in shape, former Arizona State running back Marion Grice held a personal Pro Day on Tuesday for NFL scouts in advance of next month's draft.
Grice's potential record-breaking 2013 season ended when he broke his fibula in the win over UCLA on Nov. 23, and the recovery time forced him to miss both the NFL Scouting Combine and ASU's Pro Day.
As a result, perhaps the most important words of the day came following the workout, when Grice gave himself a clean bill of health.
“I feel good overall, no lingering pain," Grice said. "I feel healthy.”
Scouts from the Chiefs, 49ers, Colts, Titans, Jets, Bills, Ravens, Redskins, Broncos, and Packers were in attendance to watch Grice go through the various drills and measurable activities.
The day began in the weight room, where the now 208-pound Grice hoisted 14 reps of 225 pounds in the bench press, posted a 32-inch vertical jump and had a 97-inch broad jump. The action then moved to Frank Kush Field, where Grice ran his 40-yard dashes in the 4.6 second range, timed as low as a 4.61 unofficially. He had split time of 1.67 in his first 10 yards and 2.74 at the 20-yard mark. Grice then went through shuttle runs, agility drills, and passing routes.
Comparing the numbers to the other running backs who participated in the NFL Scouting Combine (to which Grice attended, but was unable to do on-field work), the numbers were middle-of-the pack. But Grice has proven during his two years at ASU that he is greater than the sum of his parts, and he was pleased with his performance.
“I feel pretty good about it," Grice said. "I was happy getting a chance to come out here and perform and get it over with and put it behind me. I did everything I was working on. The only thing I feel like I let myself down in was the 60-yard shuttle. Everything else I feel good about.”
During the morning session, Grice gave no thought to his injury.
“I was just staying positive, trying to put it in game mode," said Grice. "I’m out here performing. I didn’t think of any injury.”
Arguably Grice's best showing of the day came during the receiving portion, where he showed crisp route running and sure hands. That success comes as no surprise to ASU fans, as Grice caught 91 passes for 863 yards and 14 touchdowns in his two seasons as a Sun Devil.
That dual-threat ability has scouts eyeing Grice for a specialized role, but he feels that he can offer teams much more.
“A lot of them said I’m a third down back," Grice said of NFL scout feedback. "Over time, I’m going to prove that I’m an every down back. I would say I'm balanced, a little bit of all of it. I don’t want to be listed just as a power guy. I can run fast too. I’m working on my form and showing that I can run in open space, use my speed, and catch the ball.”
Grice will leave on the 15th of this month for a visit with the Washington Redskins. He is remaining in contact with a number of teams and hopes to set up more workouts in the coming weeks. From now until the NFL Draft from May 8-10, Grice plans to continue training.
“Mostly tone it up a little bit, get in shape for the most part,” Grice said. “Now I can just focus on preparing myself for the next level.”
As Grice continues his journey to the NFL, he took a moment to reflect upon his final performance at Sun Devil Stadium.
“It feels good. I’m going to miss it a lot, but I have to move on and take my talents to another level. I’ll be watching (ASU).”
Soon, Sun Devils will return the favor and watch Grice perform on Sundays.