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2015 Nfl Training Camps: 32 Intriguing Rookies To Watch


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Grady Jarrett, DT, Atlanta Falcons

After the draft I would have picked running back Tevin Coleman as the guy I wanted to see most, but a handful of NFL personnel guys kept dropping Jarrett as the potential surprise. One of those individuals was genuinely upset that his franchise passed on Jarrett in the fourth round. What's to love? There was a mixture of appreciation for Jarrett's depth of talent, but also his fit within the scheme the Falcons will use under new head coach Dan Quinn. Some size and character concerns apparently scared some teams off, but guys who watched Clemson tape said Jarrett continually popped on the screen even when they were trying to evaluate someone else.

Link:http://sports.yahoo.com/news/2015-nfl-training-camps--32-intriguing-rookies-to-watch-170953528.html

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I'm not expecting a lot out of him this year, but Id love to be wrong. Seems to me he's got an awfully lot to learn along a crowded DL. I think 2016 will be his year to surface.

Exactly. I hope he redshirts, not because he's not good enough but because the vets step it up and school the youngster on how to play the pro game.

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Nice to know we have rookies that warrant attention from outside observers. I hope Jarrett AND Coleman have amazing rookie campaigns. .

A lot of our previous drafts have been about taking guys earlier than expected, so there weren't a lot of exciting or known players getting drafted by us period... especially from rounds 3-7.

This year, at least 4 guys were projected higher than where we snagged them. Beasley could've gone top 5 & nobody would've been shocked, but we lucked out when he was there for us at #8. Collins was a 1st round grade by most, but we got him in the 2nd. Coleman was a 2nd round grade by many, but we landed him in the 3rd. Jarrett was anywhere from 2-4 in the minds of many, so that was an absolute steal to get him when we did.

We drafted difference makers this year rather than a bevy of projects. These guys were record setters for their schools & in some cases the NCAA. That's why they warrant attention compared to previous draft classes IMO.

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http://www.rotoworld.com/recent/cfb/133346/grady-jarrett

Might have been posted???

Gordon McGuinness of Pro Football Focus writes that despite Clemson DT Grady Jarrett's size, he "is a powerful player, with a quick first step that gave plenty of offensive linemen lots of problems last season."

"He's a productive pass-rusher, registering 33 total pressures in 2014, but his best work came against the run, where all 30 of his solo tackles resulted in a defensive stop," the scribe noted. "Quick hands help him shed blocks well, while his general quickness allowed him to make plays it looked like he shouldn't have been able to make. An ideal fit as a 3-technique, he's likely to make some team very happy when it drafts him." The NFL may not entirely agree, but we're totally on board with PFF here and would cosign a late first-round selection of this undersized wrecking ball. The 6-foot-1, 295-pound Jarrett, who has exceptional ball awareness, compares his game to undrafted Hall of Famer John Randle (6-foot-1, 287).

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We drafted difference makers this year rather than a bevy of projects. These guys were record setters for their schools & in some cases the NCAA. That's why they warrant attention compared to previous draft classes IMO.

Well said.

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I'm not sure why people are looking for Jarrett to red-shirt? He was universally seen as a Top 50-ish selection in the draft among draft media folk. And he has a ton of polish and skill to his game....plus the motor.

I don't expect him to be a full-time starter or anything, but I'd expect him to play a significant amount of situational snaps. And I think he absolutely should. Kid's a wrecking ball.

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And SI jumps on the Grady Hypemobile:
http://www.si.com/nfl/2015/07/27/nfl-training-camp-underrated-rookies-grady-jarrett-zadarius-smith

Grady Jarrett, DT, Falcons (5th round, Clemson)

Jarrett's free-fall to the fifth round was certainly a surprise to us, as we had him ranked 61st overall in this draft class. He was certainly underrated due to his size (6'1", 304 pounds), which probably took him out of the running for most 3–4 and hybrid teams. But new Falcons coach Dan Quinn has a knack for taking unusually-sized linemen and making the most out of them, and Jarrett certainly has a lot to work with. He plays much bigger than his size when he keeps his pads low, and over time, he could have a Geno Atkins-level impact.

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I'm not sure why people are looking for Jarrett to red-shirt? He was universally seen as a Top 50-ish selection in the draft among draft media folk. And he has a ton of polish and skill to his game....plus the motor.

I don't expect him to be a full-time starter or anything, but I'd expect him to play a significant amount of situational snaps. And I think he absolutely should. Kid's a wrecking ball.

Aaah, but is he a "rolling bucket of butcher knives"?

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I'm not sure why people are looking for Jarrett to red-shirt? He was universally seen as a Top 50-ish selection in the draft among draft media folk. And he has a ton of polish and skill to his game....plus the motor.

I don't expect him to be a full-time starter or anything, but I'd expect him to play a significant amount of situational snaps. And I think he absolutely should. Kid's a wrecking ball.

Especially with Peters gone.

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I'm not sure why people are looking for Jarrett to red-shirt? He was universally seen as a Top 50-ish selection in the draft among draft media folk. And he has a ton of polish and skill to his game....plus the motor.

I don't expect him to be a full-time starter or anything, but I'd expect him to play a significant amount of situational snaps. And I think he absolutely should. Kid's a wrecking ball.

I agree... I don't know what I'm missing from most. Wasn't he the starting DT on FBS' number one defense last year???

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I'm not sure why people are looking for Jarrett to red-shirt? He was universally seen as a Top 50-ish selection in the draft among draft media folk. And he has a ton of polish and skill to his game....plus the motor.

I don't expect him to be a full-time starter or anything, but I'd expect him to play a significant amount of situational snaps. And I think he absolutely should. Kid's a wrecking ball.

I would expect him to get rotated in similar to how Hageman was developed last year. I would also expect to see about the same type of production.

I think these are very high expectations for a rookie 5th round draft pick DT. Anything over what we saw from Hageman and I'll be thrilled.

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