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Size: Grady is very much undersized for the position. He stands at 6'1" and about 300 lbs. He has a very well built frame. He looks like a linebacker. Lack ideal length so he'll never be able to play at the 5. Not sure he can add much more weight. (2/5)

 

Athleticism: He's no Aaron Donald or Suh athletically, but Jarrett is a very well-rounded athlete for his position. His speed, burst, short-area quickness, and lateral agility all are top-notch. He also does a great job of evading guards in traffic. Jarrett has a very good web, not being deficient in any athletic trait. He's as good an athlete on the interior d-line that you could expect to grab outside the top-10. (8/10)

 

Pass Rushing Ability: Jarrett is the best gap-shooting DT I've watched on tape this year. His first step and snap anticipation are a league above any player I've seen this year. His short area quickness, first step, and hand usage to swat away blockers enable him to apply constant pressure from the interior. Grady led FBS in pass rush productivity against non-FCS teams during the 2014 season from the DT spot. Grady Jarrett is the best play-making interior Dlineman in this class. (9/10)

 

Run Game Ability: Jarrett is statistically one of the best run-stopping DTs in this class. Both overall and against Power-5 opponents. Jarrett uses his play recognition and gap-shooting ability to make a bunch of TFLs in the run game. He's not big enough to be a 2-gap anchor in the run game, but his combination of strength, burst, and use of leverage allow him to dominate guards and center up front in the run game. He does a good job shedding blocks. (7/10)

 

Technical Ability: Jarrett is a very good technician. He uses his lack on length to his advantage to get under opposing blockers and drive them into the backfield. His hand usage is top-notch, quick, and violent. He has trouble splitting double-teams. I'm also going to lump in the fact that he wears down later in the game in this category. Stunting could use some work. (6/10). 

 

Versatility: Jarrett fits best as a 1-tech NT or a 3-tech DT. That's basically it. He doesn't have the size to play anywhere else. (2/5)

 

Tackling: When Jarrett gets his hands on you, more than likely you are going to the turf. Only 1 missed tackle in the games I've watched. He's not a powerful hitter, but then again most DTs aren't. (4/5)

 

Play Recognition: Jarrett rarely takes a wrong lane and does a good job at recognizing screens and pulls. I see nothing that would indicate his recognition abilities are anything other than fantastic (8/10; downgraded a little because he did fall for one screen pass and fail to maintain his gap-responsibility on few (very few) plays)

 

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Sheds block and slows down the RB: http://zippy.gfycat.com/WellmadeEverlastingAmurstarfish.webm

 

Shows of athleticism on TFL: http://zippy.gfycat.com/WellmadeEverlastingAmurstarfish.webm

 

Sees the screen and redirects: http://zippy.gfycat.com/PointlessTidyIraniangroundjay.webm

 

Oh lawd Grady: http://zippy.gfycat.com/AnyPolishedBoaconstrictor.webm

 

Burst and bend to make the TFL: http://zippy.gfycat.com/GrizzledAgreeableEidolonhelvum.webm

 

That burst isn't fair: http://zippy.gfycat.com/MeanInexperiencedArieltoucan.webm

 

Low man wins: http://zippy.gfycat.com/CluelessShinyCowrie.webm

 

Conclusion: 

 

Grade: 46 out of 65. Which warrants a 1st round grade. 

 

Jarrett is an undersized, yet dominant defensive lineman who can beat you in a mirade of ways. He can drive you back into the QB, blow past you, or swat you out of the way. His size will likely make him a 2nd or maybe even 3rd round pick, but I wouldn't be surprised if we're talking about Jarrett as one of the best DTs in the league on a few years. If it wasn't for his lack of size, Jarrett would likely be my highest graded player in the draft.

 

NFL Comparison: Geno Atkins, CIN

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That's basically what he is, but it's the same thing I thought about Sheldon Richardson when he was drafted.

I wouldn't totally rule out that he could be productive in our scheme. I will agree that a 4-3 scheme is probably

where he will land. 

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I really like this guy. I probably wouldn't spend a first on him, depending on who else is there, but I'd take him in the second in a heartbeat. He could play all along our front depending on package we're in. If he were on our roster, I'd play him at 3 Tech, and kick Art Jones out to the 5.

 

Also, to anyone saying his size wouldn't allow him to play in our scheme, Mike Daniels and Jurrell Casey are two of the better 3-4 ends in the game, and they have about the same dimensions. 

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He looks like a 4-3 DT only

 

If our defensive scheme means passing up on good playmakers at the position where it's hardest to find them, then we should change our defensive scheme. Thankfully, we can fit 1-gapping defensive linemen into our defense, and I expect that we'll continue to do so.

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Because he isn't. 

 

OK....    perhaps I'm not understanding you.

 

We play in a 3-4 defense with 2-gap responsibility and you've mocked Jarrett to the Colts and now you've done a profile on him and you've expressed serious respect for him.

 

I'm not sure why you'd do all that if you don't see him as a scheme fit?

 

Feels like I'm missing something here.... 

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OK.... perhaps I'm not understanding you.

We play in a 3-4 defense with 2-gap responsibility and you've mocked Jarrett to the Colts and now you've done a profile on him and you've expressed serious respect for him.

I'm not sure why you'd do all that if you don't see him as a scheme fit?

Feels like I'm missing something here....

He plays RJF's role as a penetrating 3-tech in the base D and 1-tech NT in nickel packages.
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OK....    perhaps I'm not understanding you.

 

We play in a 3-4 defense with 2-gap responsibility and you've mocked Jarrett to the Colts and now you've done a profile on him and you've expressed serious respect for him.

 

I'm not sure why you'd do all that if you don't see him as a scheme fit?

 

Feels like I'm missing something here.... 

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/football-insider/wp/2015/02/27/a-closer-look-at-new-redskins-signing-ricky-jean-francois/

 

 

Image 13 is where Grady would play, Where RJF is and the role he will most often play in Washington

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/football-insider/wp/2015/02/27/a-closer-look-at-new-redskins-signing-ricky-jean-francois/

 

 

Image 13 is where Grady would play, Where RJF is and the role he will most often play in Washington

 

Thanks.   Got it.

 

But I've read nothing that says he can do that.

 

Everything I've read says 4-3 DT as a 3-tech.

 

Nothing says 3-4 player anywhere on the DL.

 

Perhaps you and Dustin, who's a huge fan,  are right.    I'm just not seeing it anywhere.

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Thanks. Got it.

But I've read nothing that says he can do that.

Everything I've read says 4-3 DT as a 3-tech.

Nothing says 3-4 player anywhere on the DL.

Perhaps you and Dustin, who's a huge fan, are right. I'm just not seeing it anywhere.

The 3-tech in our D is the same as a 3-tech in a 43.

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Thanks.   Got it.

 

But I've read nothing that says he can do that.

 

Everything I've read says 4-3 DT as a 3-tech.

 

Nothing says 3-4 player anywhere on the DL.

 

Perhaps you and Dustin, who's a huge fan,  are right.    I'm just not seeing it anywhere.

We don't play 3-4 100 percent of the time, Their are instances our D Linemen (particularly Francois and Redding at the time) were asked to get after the QB, Much of the D Lines responsibility has been to hold up in run contain but at times some of them are going to be asked to get after the QB

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You may be right,  but I wouldn't think that.

 

We've got 2-gap responsibility,  I wouldn't think a 3-tech in a 43 would......

 

No team in the NFL 2-gaps more than it 1-gaps. The Colts are no exception. 

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http://grantland.com/the-triangle/nfl-draft-alternates/

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"Why: Oregon DT Arik Armstead?

Why Not: Clemson DT Grady Jarrett?

Although they’re both labeled defensive tackles, comparing Armstead and Jarrett might seem like an apples-to-oranges proposition: Armstead is a towering, 6-7 giant who was once regarded as a prototypical offensive tackle — college recruitniks are still shaking their heads that he insisted on playing defense — and projects as a 3-4 end in the NFL; Jarrett, at 6-1, 304 pounds, is a squatty ball of power who only makes sense as an old-fashioned, 4-3 nose guard. From that thankless position, though, Jarrett always made a lot of sense for Clemson, racking up 141 tackles and 29 tackles for loss over the past three seasons with zero starts lost to injury. As a senior, he anchored arguably the best defensive line in the nation, one that ranked second nationally in Adjusted Line Yards, Stuff Rate, and Adjusted Sack Rate. By more conventional measures, the Tigers led the nation in total defense and ranked fifth against the run, a far cry from the unit that gave up 70 points in the Orange Bowl in Jarrett’s freshman year.

Meanwhile, Armstead never lived up to his potential as a pass-rusher, notching just four career sacks, and was last seen getting trucked by Ohio State’s offensive line in the national title game. On top of his superiority on paper, Jarrett was faster, stronger, and heavier at the combine. The team that drafts Jarrett in the third or fourth round will be adding an angry hippo to the middle of its defense, and on the cheap."

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