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Grady Jarrett, the senior defensive tackle from the Clemson Tigers, enters the 2015 NFL Draft after starting a total of 37 career games in the ACC. Jarrett was named a team co-captain last year and totaled 73 tackles, 10 TFL and 1.5 sacks. He was honored as a Third Team All-American and First Team All-ACC selection. In 2013, Jarrett totaled 83 tackles, 11 TFL and 2 sacks en route to Honorable Mention All-ACC honors. For his career, Jarrett had 207 tackles, 29.5 TFL and 5.5 sacks. Physically, Jarrett is a compact 6’1” and 304 lbs; He’s built like a squatty brick house with a low center of gravity. Jarrett has a very good first step at the snap of the ball, flashing impressive short-area burst when penetrating and disrupting a play’s design. His initial quickness is complemented well by his natural power and strength, as he displays the kind of raw power needed to shed interior offensive linemen. Jarrett possesses quick and heavy hands that he uses well at the POA. He’s constantly slapping and swiping at the offensive lineman’s arms, working himself free as he reacts to the play. Jarrett is effective when run at, as his power and strong base makes him a challenge to push around; He has the kind of quick shedding ability needed to get off the block and secure the tackle at or behind the LOS. Jarrett has better than expected range for a big man, showing the kind of light and coordinated feet needed to get down the LOS and make a play from behind. He’s a well-rounded run defender. Against the pass, Jarrett is a deceptively effective pass rusher, even if he didn’t always finish on the collegiate level. He has a well-developed set of pass rush moves including a swim, rip and bull rush. He combines his first step with very good snap recognition, resulting in some viable pocket disruption.
BOTTOM LINE: Grady Jarrett is a talented defensive tackle who has the kind of explosive quick-twitch ability to be a disruptive player in the NFL. The biggest concern with him is length (32 ?” arms), as he will have to win with speed at the snap in order to make a high-level impact in the NFL. Jarrett’s lacking sack total is deceiving, as he was playing on the same defensive line with one of college football’s truly elite pass rushers (thereby leaving less sacks to go around), and it wouldn’t shock me at all if he is a more productive pro in that department than he was in college. At the end of the day, I like prospects who play like dancing bears, and Jarrett is just that. He’s an experienced and productive guy who projects as a starting-caliber 3-tech in a 43 scheme.
GRADE: 7.8 (High-2nd Round)
-Submitted by Bryan Perez (@FirstRoundGrade)