Scouting Report
Gruder does not have the size of a prototypical NFL linebacker, nor does he possess the physical gifts. If he's selected on draft day, it will be because of his versatility and football IQ. Gruder finished with 116 tackles for Pittsburgh in 2011 and was selected to the All-Big East second team. He increased his tackle numbers all four years in college, and his 8.9 tackles per game ranked second in the conference as a senior. He played all three linebacker positions and excelled in each spot, finding himself near the ball on a vast majority of plays. Gruder is thought to lack the size and speed to play linebacker in the NFL, and he did not receive an invite to the scouting combine. His instincts, though, may make him attractive to teams in the later rounds. Gruder is thought to be a smart player and is extremely physical, giving his all on each play. He won't be the biggest or fastest guy on the field, but he'll make sure to find his way to the ball one way or another. Gruder likely won't be selected higher than the fifth round, and if he goes undrafted, there's a great chance he'll end up in some team's camp fighting for a spot.