2017 NFL Draft

Hroniss Grasu, C

School: Virginia Tech  |  Conference: PAC12
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Height/Weight: 6-3 / 297 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
6122
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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

05/04/2015 - Grasu believes his experience in Oregon's no-huddle spread offense counts as a great asset. "At Oregon, when you play offensive line, it just comes down to move a guy that's lined up in front of you from Point A to Point B," he said. "I think we've done that pretty well at Oregon. There's a reason why we've been leading the Pac-12 in rushing yards." The no-huddle aspect of it places a lot of pressure on centers. "I think it will really help out in Chicago because I was always asked to make a lot of decisions under a short amount of time, a matter of six or seven seconds," he said. - The Sports Xchange

02/16/2015 - 2015 NFL COMBINE: PROSPECTS WITH THE MOST TO GAIN OR LOSE, MEDICAL EVALUATIONS: C Hroniss Grasu, Oregon...There is no questioning his toughness as Grasu played through several injuries in 2014 despite not being at 100 percent health. But his medical evaluation will better detail the damage and whether or not any issues are worrisome long-term. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

12/30/2014 - Oregon center Hroniss Grasu 'ready to play' in Rose Bowl vs. Florida State...Oregon starting center Hroniss Grasu is expected to be back in the lineup for the Ducks against Florida State in the Rose Bowl after suffering a leg injury last month. The senior has not played since suffering a leg injury against Utah on Nov. 8. The Ducks were able to finish the season and win the Pac-12 title with Hamani Stevens playing center, but a healthy Grasu could go a long way in the Ducks' efforts to win the first College Football Playoff. "He's been out there all week going full [speed]," offensive coordinator Scott Frost said via The Oregonian. "We're hoping he's as close to 100 percent as we can possibly get him for the game. "Hroniss is a fighter, one of the best kids I've ever been around. He'll be ready to play. Hroniss has exceptional character."

Grasu is a three-time All-Pac-12 selection and started 50 consecutive games before suffering the injury, which required a minor procedure. "When it comes to game time I'll see how I feel and do whatever it takes to play that game, I can tell you that," Grasu said this week. "Even if I'm in a lot of pain during the game that pain will be all worth it; that's a big game." - Chip Patterson, CBSSports.com

11/11/2014 - The Oregon Ducks got their victory in Utah and clinched a place in the Pac-12 championship, but it was costly with injuries to three key players. Cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, center Hroniss Grasu and tight end Pharaoh Brown all were knocked out of the 51-27 victory Saturday night over the Utes. The Ducks (9-1, 6-1, Pac-12) have a bye this coming week to assess the damage and heal for the regular season's final two games, against Colorado and Oregon State. Both the Buffaloes and the Beavers are sitting in the bottom of their conference division.

Earlier in the quarter the Ducks suffered a blow with the loss of center Hroniss Grasu because of an apparent left leg injury. Quarterback Marcus Mariota put his arm around his close on the sideline to console him and redshirt freshman Doug Brenner took assumed his duties anchoring the line. "It's tough but it's part of the game that we play. Prayers go out to him," Mariota told reporters after the game. "But at the same time Doug did a good job of stepping up. We've got a lot of trust in him and we've got to go with what we have." Oregon doesn't discuss injuries as a policy so it was unclear how serious it was. - AP Sports

08/04/2014 - 2014 PRESEASON OUTLAND TROPHY AWARD WATCH LIST: C Hroniss Grasu, Oregon...A two-time all-Pac-12 selection, Grasu is on the Rimington Trophy's preseason watch list for the third time. He played in the middle of an offensive line that helped Oregon lead the Pac-12 in rushing, scoring and total offense in 2013. - Oregon football

08/04/2014 - 2014 PRESEASON RIMINGTON TROPHY AWARD WATCH LIST: Hroniss Grasu, Oregon, Senior...A two-time all-Pac-12 selection, Grasu is on the Rimington Trophy's preseason watch list for the third time. He played in the middle of an offensive line that helped Oregon lead the Pac-12 in rushing, scoring and total offense in 2013. - Oregon football

08/02/2014 - 2014 PRESEASON ROTARY LOMBARDI AWARD WATCH LIST: Hroniss Grasu, C, Sr. Oregon...Grasu anchored an offensive line that led the Pac-12 in rushing for the eighth year in row (273.5 ypg), in addition to ranking second nationally in total offense (565.0 ypg) and fourth in the country in scoring (45.5 ppg)...Team also was third in the league in fewest quarterback sacks allowed (1.38 sacks per game). - Oregon football

06/20/2014 - Oregon's top NFL Draft-eligible prospects to watch in 2014: 4. OC Hroniss Grasu, RS Senior...Grasu enters his senior campaign with 40 career starts, a two-time first-team all-conference pick and atop NFLDraftScoutcom's center rankings. Grasu sports a pro-ready NFL frame with good weight distribution. He generally plays with very good initial quickness, though he can be caught flat-footed, on occasion. He 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), though he 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. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

05/27/2014 - 2014 RIMINGTON TROPHY SPRING WATCHLIST: Hroniss Grasu, Oregon, Senior...The 6-3, 297-pound Los Angeles standout earned first-team Pac-12 all-conference honors each of his past two seasons and was one of six finalists for the award a year ago. The 2013 All-American and three-year starter enters his senior season having anchored the Ducks' offensive line for 40 consecutive games for a program which led the league in total offense (2nd nationally), scoring (4th nationally) and rushing (9th nationally) last year. - Oregon football

 
 

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