Saturday, January 25, 2014

Brent Grimes happy to get drafted this time around


Miami Dolphins cornerback Brent Grimes came out of college in 2006 undrafted.

Last week, he got a second chance of sorts -- albeit in a much less serious manner.

Grimes, who recently wrapped up a stellar season as the Dolphins' top cover guy, was selected by Deion Sanders' team Wednesday in the first ever Pro Bowl draft for the annual All-Star game, which will be held next Sunday.

"I’m here in Hawaii and this is awesome with a draft day, especially for a player like me that wasn’t drafted," Grimes told earlier this week. "So this is like my only draft day that I’ve ever had the opportunity to experience."

Grimes was the fourth cornerback taken, getting snagged by Sanders in the 10th round of the second day.

"I was getting a little worried and thought I wasn’t going to get picked up until late and people were going to look over me," the 30-year-old defensive back said. "But I got picked up and I’m excited about this opportunity to represent the Dolphins here. I think I’m going to do something nice on the field."

Grimes did plenty on the field for Miami in 2013, snagging four interceptions -- one for a touchdown -- and not allowing a single touchdown all year to the receivers he covered. He was arguably the Dolphins' best defensive player, both from a production and consistency standpoint.

Grimes is slated for free agency this offseason. Prior to his joining the Dolphins last offseason, he spent six seasons with the Atlanta Falcons.

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