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2016 NFL DRAFT
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Adrian Grady

Height: 6-2 | Weight: 298 | College: Louisville
 
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Overview

Grady flashed the ability to make plays throughout his career with the Cardinals. He needed to put together a strong senior campaign to ease scouts' concerns about his lack of durability. In posting career highs in tackles (41), tackles for loss (nine), and sacks (two), Grady accomplished just that. He doesn't bring prototypical size at the point, which means he won't fit every scheme, but for those looking for a high-effort defensive tackle in the late rounds capable of surprising, the former Cardinal could prove to be a diamond in the rough.

Analysis

Positives: Good initial quickness off the snap. … Quick hands to slap away the guard's initial hand punch. … Flashes some upper-body explosiveness with his own initial hand punch. … Can bull rush and forcefully disengage using upper-body strength. … Good lateral quickness to alter his pass rush if his initial burst isn't enough. … Good flexibility to handle the cut block and keep his feet. … Good use of leverage to hold up against the run. … Plays with good leg drive and can create a pile. … Good lateral quickness and balance to slide off the block and make the tackle inside. … Flashes a burst to close when provided an open lane. … Good sideline-to-sideline hustle and gets downfield in pursuit.

Negatives: Lacks the bulk most teams prefer inside. … Rarely penetrates the line of scrimmage despite a quick initial burst off the snap and good hand strength. … Doesn't show much variety in his pass rush and his short arms are a limitation. … Short arms also come into play when he tries to tackle, especially when tackling high. … Can bounce off the ballcarrier. … A bit thick around the middle. … Has struggled with durability throughout his career. Missed nearly half of the games during the 2006 and '07 seasons due to a broken leg and torn pectoral muscle.

2007 Season

Appeared in five games before suffering a season-ending injury … Recorded 14 total tackles, including 2.5 tackles for loss … Registered five tackles in the season-opening win over Murray State … Notched three tackles against Middle Tennessee and Syracuse.

2006 Season

Appeared in eight games, making two starts … recorded 16 tackles … registered three tackles and a tackle for loss against Wake Forest … returned to action against Middle Tennessee for the first time since breaking a bone in his leg against Kentucky … has recorded 13 tackles … recorded two tackles against Rutgers … notched one stop versus Syracuse … recorded one tackle versus Middle Tennessee … started against Kentucky at defensive tackle … recorded five stops against Kentucky … broke his fibula versus Kentucky.

2005 Season

Appeared in 12 games, making two starts … tied a career-high with six tackles and one tackle for loss in his second career start against Virginia Tech in the Gator Bowl … recovered a key fumble versus Connecticut … registered a career-high six tackles versus West Virginia … made first collegiate start against Florida Atlantic and made four tackles … recovered fumbles against South Florida and Pittsburgh.

High School

Two-year starter at Coffee High School … Played both defensive tackle and linebacker … Recorded 69 tackles, two sacks and five tackles for loss as a senior … Earned second-team All-Region I 5A honors … Missed his junior year after breaking his leg … Moved from tackle to linebacker as a junior before missing most of the season with an injury … Benched pressed 425 pounds and squatted more than 520 pounds … Recorded more than 85 tackles as a sophomore, guiding his squad to the regional playoffs.

Personal

Son of Carrie and Charles Grady … Born 7/8/84 … Sports administration major.

 
 
 
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