Struggles to really sit into his stance, takes too long of steps when trying to reach the edge and struggles to maintain balance into/through contact. Possesses average range when trying to reach the corner and struggles to maintain his footing.Plays too high and simply doesn't have the type of body control to consistently maintain his balance when asked to mirror or in space.
Did a better job toward the end of the year keeping his hands set and in front of his frame ready to punch, but doesn't play real longed and fails to consistently extend into contact. However, does display heavy hands when he's able to block down and can uncoil a nasty punch into contact when he can attack his target.
Also displays decent anchor strength because of his good size and can be tough to drive into the backfield once he gets his hands on you. Is a bit of a Velcro player through contact, has a strong upper body and can stick to defenders when engaged.
Showcases average natural upper body strength in the run game. Can initially get his feet around blocks, lock on and stick to his man through contact. But isn't a guy who plays with the bend or generates the type of leverage needed to drive defenders off the football.
Impression: Looked a little more balanced in pass protection as the season went on, but isn't a real natural bender. Lacks the athletic ability to play on the left side in the NFL, and he isn't powerful or flexible enough to drive defenders off the football as a right tackle."
The main concern with Grant is his knee and ankle bending. Without better bend, Grant projects to struggle as an NFL tackle prospect, and plays too high to be considered for a move inside.
Positives: Giant with great power in his hands and quick feet. Can slide and mirror the wide rush. Extends arms well, has good hand placement and packs a heck of a punch. Can run and hit a second-level target. Controls defenders with hands, and can get movement on running plays. Former tight end has full season starting experience at right tackle (junior) and on the left side as a senior.
Negatives: Not natural bending his knees, and doesn't bend well at the ankles. Top heavy with a huge upper body. Waist bends. Doesn't change directions well, and is vulnerable to double moves. Tends to get too high in traffic and lose power as a result, often standing almost straight. Can be late off the snap. Has had some injury issues, although was healthy for the past two seasons."
Positive: King-sized blocker who is best in a small area. Strong, controls defenders at the point of attack and effective with his hands. Blocks with good awareness, works hard to finish plays, and gets the most from his ability. Anchors in pass protection, makes good use of angles, and effectively seals defenders from plays with good body positioning. Strong enough to turn defenders from the action run blocking.
Negative: Lacks footwork sliding out off the edge and struggles to adjust. Not a natural knee bender and gets tall as the play proceeds. Stiff on the field.
Analysis: Grant is a smart and tough lineman but a marginal athlete with limited upside. His size and versatility will help him catch on as a valuable backup at the next level."
Negatives: Marginal lateral range... Not a natural bender, rises up in pass protection, plays too upright... Struggles with outside speed... Bends at the waist, overextends and will lunge to reach the corner... Doesn't re-set his feet very well... Struggles to maintain balance... Stiff lateral movement and slide... Stands up out of his stance in the running game instead of firing out... Doesn't block with good leverage... Not a consistent pile mover... Can be moved off the line if he doesn't square up... Hand placement gets too wide... Doesn't really have a position in the NFL, think Adam Snyder of the San Francisco 49ers."
Weaknesses: Durability concerns. He has had knee problems, missing all of 2006 and most of 2007. Also, had a hand injury in 2008 to miss half of that season. Doesn't play with an edge in the running game and lacks the strength to drive defenders off the LOS. Needs to improve sticking on his blocks and finishing.
Projection: Seventh round or UDFA. With Grant's medical issues, he'll have to be cleared to be drafted. Has an opportunity to earn a roster spot and be a backup at the next level."
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