The Atlanta Falcons moved up nine spots from pick No. 146 to No. 137 in the fifth round to select Clemson defensive tackle Grady Jarrett. The Falcons parted ways with their sixth-round pick (No. 185 overall) to receive the first pick of the fifth round, which was previously held by the Minnesota Vikings. Jarrett rejoins former Clemson teammate Vic Beasley, who the Falcons selected in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft.
Jarrett also has another Falcons connection, being the son of former Falcons great linebacker Jessie Tuggle. Jarrett also has a very close relationship with former Baltimore Ravens great linebacker Ray Lewis.
Jarrett was a three-year starter and team captain at Clemson, showing good run-stuffing ability to earn his way to being a two-time All-Conference honoree. Jarrett was highly productive alongside Beasley the past few years, combining for 140 tackles, 29.5 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks over his three years as a starter. According to premium website Pro Football Focus, Jarrett was one of the country’s most productive run-stoppers and pass-rushers against quality competition, ranking second in their run-stop metric and fifth in pass-rush productivity against “Power 5″ conference opponents. Jarrett specialized in getting pressure despite a lack of gawdy sack statistics, never recording more than two sacks in a single year.
A native of nearby Conyers, Georgia, Jarrett’s stock improved as the offseason wore on, landing himself on Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com’s final top 50 rankings. Jarrett measured in at 6’1” and 304 pounds at the Combine, with a 5.06-second 40-yard dash and 30 bench reps of 225 pounds.