Dru Grigson begins his third season as Director, College Scouting after being promoted in May, 2013. He is entering his eighth season with the Cardinals after originally joining the team as an area scout in June, 2008 following one year with the Montreal Alouettes (CFL) as a scout.
Grigson was promoted to a regional scout in 2010 in charge of scouting the eastern half of the country after previously scouting the central and southeast regions during his first season with Arizona and scouting the Midwest and eastern sections in his second season.
A Highland, IN native, Grigson played linebacker and defensive end at New Mexico State from 1997-99 before transferring to the University of Northern Iowa in 2000. He finished his collegiate playing career at William Penn University in 2002 and recorded 54 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, two sacks, one forced fumble and two pass deflections.
Grigson signed as a rookie free agent with the Minnesota Vikings in 2003 and attended training camp with the Ottawa Renegades of the CFL in 2004.
Prior to joining the Alouettes in 2007, he was a volunteer scout for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2005-06 and worked with his brother, Ryan, the former Director of Player Personnel for the Eagles and the current GM of the Indianapolis Colts.
Grigson is a certified strength and conditioning coach and has trained NFL prospects. He assisted the Northwestern University speed and strength program in 2004. Grigson graduated from Northern Iowa with a bachelor’s degree in 2002 and resides in Chicago, IL with his wife, Jennifer, and their daughter, Mia and son, Kaz.