Grady is a powerful and complete defensive lineman. At the college level, he can
play in any style of defensive front and impact. He is quick and has the change
of direction skills of a linebacker, which makes it easy for him to finish and
make sacks in the backfield from an interior position of the defensive line.
Grady is very strong and easily handles double teams when defending against the
run. Because of his quick hands, he can easily slip and split double teams to
make tackles on the line of scrimmage while also escaping double teams when pass
rushing to disrupt the rhythm of a play. Grady has the same type of talent as
last yearís Rams rookie sensation, Aaron Donald. He is not as explosive off the
line of scrimmage, but he is as quick and has the same ability to beat the
double team and change of direction skills as Aaron has. Grady is very
underrated which, with his quick feet and change of direction agility to rush
the passer and make plays from the interior of the line of scrimmage, that is
surprising to me. He is your sleeper defensive line player in this draft.
Grady is vertically challenged for his position but, is unless there are some
medical issues that I donít know about, Iím not convinced that lack of height
with the amount of film that there is on Grady is a reason to downgrade him, at
least it is not for me. Grady is not exploding off the line which concerns me
because he has to get into his opponent quicker than his opponent gets into him
to be effective. So check his medicals and if they are all right, this kid can
be an impact player.
I suspect that if you are playing in mostly a 1 gap style of defensive
front, Grady would be listed as an early selection on your teamís draft board as
that is the defensive front in which he will be the most effective and
impacting. But donít kid yourself: Grady handles a 2 gap style of defense very
well. Clemson has an excellent defensive line coach who teaches the defensive
linemen to play their positions as a unit and with excellent technique. Grady
comes off the line of scrimmage with good pad level and gains the leverage
necessary to control his man when playing 2 gap. His height is an advantage and
his natural strength gives him the ability to extend his arms and to use the
strength in his hands to slip blocks instead of shedding blocks while he changes
the line of scrimmage to his advantage. He doesnít have the height or long arms
that seem to be what most teams are looking for in their defensive linemen, but
he can play better and become more of an impact player than most in this draft.
Nevertheless, just because Grady doesnít look the part doesnít mean he canít
play the part. When Grady was on the field against most teams, he required a
double team to stop him from getting into the backfield. And, in spite of that,
most of the time he was in the backfield anyway.