Falcons Trade Up to Select Grady Jarrett in the 5th Round

Posted on May 2 2015 - 2:11pm by Harrison Coburn

The Falcons may have gotten themselves the steal of the draft. They gave up their 5th and 6th round picks to trade up and select Grady Jarrett, a Nose Tackle out of Clemson. College teammates with Atlanta’s 1st Round selection, Vic Beasley, Jarrett is a solid interior defensive lineman who is a play disruptor, clogging up the middle. He has good anticipation and burst, and will be a great 3-tech guy for a Falcons defensive unit that ranked 32nd in the NFL last season. Jarrett is a hard worker who many thought would go off the board in the 2nd Round, but he did undergo shoulder surgery after his Junior season, which could lead many to wonder what his medical records look like after taking such a tumble. He is the son of Jessie Tuggle, who was a longtime Falcon. Jarrett was voted All-ACC in 2014 in his senior season. He is a little short for a Defensive Tackle at 6’1”, and that could be a reason for him falling a bit as well. Jarrett has the ability to start in this league from day one, and will be a factor against the run and the pass. At the end of the day, Jarrett is a good football player, and the steal of the 5th Round, if not the whole draft itself.

 

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