Texas Christian Senior
Has good size and strength. Shows ability to anchor vs. the run and at the point of attack. Will occasionally get off a block and make a stop at the point of attack. Shows some mobility and range to make stops in pursuit. Has a pretty good motor.
Lacks a good first step and won't press the pocket or consistently get leverage against the run. Gives you very little as a pass rusher. Struggles to disengage there and only gets free when working on stunts. Is negated by double teams and gets redirected too easily at the point of attack.
Grant definitely looks the part of a two-gap nose tackle, but doesn't make enough impact plays and gets pushed around a bit too much for a player his size on the inside. He has a chance to develop there. A two-year starter that combined for 43 tackles, 10.5 for loss, and 6 sacks.
A 3-4 team might pick up Grant to develop as a reserve player. He is a fairly good athlete for his size, and shows the strength and bulk teams like in a developmental prospect, he just doesn't play like it on tape. But I think he has a chance to develop into a Brandon McKinney-esque reserve. He's likely to bounce around the league a bit early on before he can stick, but three or so years down the road he can be a decent No. 2 that can give a starter a rest for 10-15 snaps per game. That's probably the best you can hope for.
Grant is a poor fit in Atlanta because he causes very little disruption. If he had a chance as a Falcon, he would likely have to slim down to under 300 pounds to add some quickness, and even then he would be a long shot to be anything more than a No. 4 guy that barely plays on running downs a la Vance Walker.
Grant is too much of a developmental project to be drafted, but a 3-4 team should definitely make him a nice pickup in free agency to compete in camp.
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite
Point Of Attack: 2.5
Pass Rush: 1.0
Scouting reports of the defensive tackles in the 2011 Draft.
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