Cory Grant, DT, Texas Christian

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Cory Grant, DT, Texas Christian

Postby Pudge » Thu Mar 31, 2011 12:39 pm

CORY GRANT
6-1/316
Texas Christian Senior
40: 5.09

PROS:

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.

CONS:

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.

OVERVIEW:

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.

NFL FORECAST:

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.

ATL FORECAST:

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.

VALUE:

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.

SKILLS
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite

Strength: 4.0
Point Of Attack: 2.5
Quickness: 1.5
Pass Rush: 1.0
Motor: 3.5
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