So we get these rankings and listings every year about this time that try and put the NFL Draft into perspective.
To a lot of people, even NFL fans, the Draft doesn’t really resonate with fans outside of how their team did in the very first round.READ MORE: Officials Prepare For 2021 SEC Championship At Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta
However, there can be a significant impact on a football team by those picked in the later rounds, and we often call those guys “steals”.
ProFootballFocus.com has put out it’s 10 Biggest Draft Steals for 2015 list and guess who tops that list… the Atlanta Falcon’s fifth round pick and former Falcons great’s son, Grady Jarrett.
The website says:
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“We’ve seen it over and over again. Height keeps pushing defensive tackles down draft boards despite building evidence against its significance. Aaron Donald, Geno Atkins, Jurrell Casey, and Mike Daniels all got the ‘undersized’ label, but all play among the highest level at their respective positions. Jarrett could very well be the next player added to that list. At 6-foot-1, 304 pounds with short arms, Jarrett’s is built like a cannon ball and plays like one too. No defensive tackle in all of the FBS was more dominant on a per-play basis than Jarrett last season. Finding a player like him in the fifth round is the definition of a ‘steal’.”
Jarrett had 207 tackles, 29.5 sacks, 5.5 sacks, 37 quarterback pressures, one pass break up, two caused fumbles and four recovered fumbles in his career. Jarrett had a career high three and a half tackles for loss and a forced fumble in the 40-6 rout of Oklahoma in the Russell Athletic Bowl. He also was voted as one of the football team’s permanent captains for 2014. As a senior, he had 73 tackles and 12 quarterback pressures.
His personal achievements in 2014 included being named third-team All-American by Athlon, All-Bowl team AP, All-Bowl team NFL.com, First-team All-ACC by ACC Coaches and First-team All-ACC ESPN.com.
If Jarrett can have the impact on the Falcons’ that it appears he can have, and Vic Beasley turns out to be the stud pass rusher we think he is, this could be the one two punch that the Falcons needed for their defense to #RiseUp!MORE NEWS: SportsLine Week 13 AFC West Picks: 'Denver Designed Well To Stop What Kansas City Does,' Says Larry Hartstein
If Clemson Defensive Coordinator Brent Venables has prepared these guys like we think he has, look for great, not good, but great things to come from this Clemson duo!