Hroniss Grasu, C

School: Virginia Tech  |  Conference: PAC12
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Height/Weight: 6-3 / 297 lbs.
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Player Lowdown

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Player Overview

The Los Angeles native was a two-way starter at Crespi High School and a first-team all-state selection as a sophomore. By the time he was a senior, Grasu was a stalwart on an offensive line paving the way for 1,958 rushing yards.

Like many Oregon recruits, Grasu wasn't highly coveted by all the major programs. A three-star recruit by ESPN.com, Grasu was valued by the Ducks for his athleticism.

He rewarded the Ducks' faith, starting the next 50 consecutive games before a left leg injury that required "minor" surgery knocked him out of the starting lineup late in his senior season. Perhaps not surprisingly, Grasu made it back in time to compete in the Rose Bowl and national championship to end his collegiate career.

Grasu does not offer the bulk or power every NFL team is looking for. His athleticism, awareness and dependability, however, could warrant top 64 consideration by clubs looking for a plug-and-play option in a zone-blocking scheme.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Sports a pro-ready NFL frame with good weight distribution. He generally plays with very good initial quickness. Shows impressive lateral agility and balance to recover. He plays low to the ground and locks out well, showing good functional strength absorb the bull rush.

He's an ideal match in Oregon's zone-blocking offense due to his agility when blocking on the move. Grasu is quick to get to the second level and can adjust to hit and sustain against a moving target.

WEAKNESSES: Can be caught flat-footed, on occasion. Can be guilty of trying to do too much when he senses a blitz up the middle, trying (sometimes in vane) to slow two defenders, rather than stoning one of them and relying on teammates. Grasu has a bad habit of dropping his head on contact (which provides defenders an easy swim move over the top. Underwent surgery on his left leg in November, 2014 that ended the regular season of his senior campaign prematurely. The surgery, though characterized as "minor" will require an NFL check-up.

COMPARES TO: Max Unger, C, Saints -- like the other former Duck, Grasu relies on athleticism and technique rather than power.

--Rob Rang

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05/04/2015 - A closer look at the Bears' six picks: Round 3/71 - Hroniss Grasu, C, 6-3, 297, Oregon...Although he can play guard in a pinch, he's viewed as competition for Will Montgomery for the starting center position and long term the future leader of the offensive line. A four-year starter, he played on the same line with Bears guard Kyle Long. Many Oregon offensive linemen have gone on to succeed out of their offensive system, and Grasu looks to be next. He had to make fast adjustments on the line prior to snaps in the no-huddle offense, so he's brains as much as brawn. The Bears like his quickness and ability to help after the snap or to get out and lead on a screen. "The standout traits for this guy is his quickness and his balance," Pace said. "He's excellent at the second level. He's quick on reach blocks. His makeup is outstanding. When you talk about work ethic, team captain, leadership, all those traits that we stress around here, he brings those to the table." - The Sports Xchange


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