Grady Jarrett, DT

School: Clemson  |  Conference: ACC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Conyers, GA
Height/Weight: 6-1 / 304 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
5.062.87-30 31-4.567.37
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
5.032.871.6930 319'4"4.567.37

Player Overview

While edge rusher Vic Beasley has garnered most of the national attention, the Tigers' most productive defensive lineman over the past three years has been Jarrett, a three-time All-ACC selection.

Built like a fire hydrant but one of the more active defensive tackles in the country, Jarrett was named the co-Defensive Player of the Year by Clemson coaches following the 2012 season (his first as a starter) in which he recorded 49 tackles, including 8.5 for loss and two sacks.

Jarrett exploded in 2013 for an eye-popping 83 tackles, 11 tackles for loss and another two sacks a year later, but saw his production slip in 2014 (41/6.5/1.5 through the regular season) as opponents focused more attention to him and Clemson rotated its defensive linemen more frequently.

Jarrett's short, stubby frame likely limits him to a complementary role in a 4-3 alignment. He has the quickness and natural leverage advantage to penetrate the line of scrimmage and is both instinctive and tenacious. He can get overpowered in the running game, however, and is more of a pest than productive against the pass.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Possesses a short, squatty frame that gives him a natural leverage advantage. Shaped like a cannon ball and appropriately for the comparison, Jarrett explodes out of his stance. His quickness makes him a threat to penetrate gaps immediately.

Very strong. Can knock bigger blockers back with his initial shove and generates impressive momentum as a tackler. Displays good flexibility when asked to stay low and drive his blocker off the line, and gets good extension off the snap, along with consistent inside hand placement to control his opponent.

Quick, light feet that enable him to stop, start and redirect with above-average suddenness for his size, which gives him "plus" range to either side despite lacking great length. Very good awareness for draws and screens, frequently peeling off blocks to wrap up backs. Pursues laterally and downfield with passion.

High school shot put champion (50'6"). Durable. Dating back to his high school days, Jarrett has never missed a game due to injury.

WEAKNESSES: Obvious size limitations, which includes relatively short arms. Reliant upon his quickness and leverage to slip by would-be blockers but is too often overwhelmed by their sheer size advantage.

Generates some explosiveness when he runs into ballcarriers, but his lack of ideal length limits his ability to grab hold of opponents and pull them to the ground. A try-hard pass rusher but rarely gets home and is too short to deflect passes (only one in 37 career starts). Used in a heavy rotation at Clemson and was surrounded by great speed.

--Rob Rang

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