Round 2 (40): Richie Grant, S UCF
The Atlanta Falcons selected Richie Grant to be an attacker of the football.
Grant has the production from his college days to back up his play. He produced 10 interceptions, 290 tackles, 18 passes broken up, and 6 forced fumbles in his four-year career at UCF. He simply will produce the stats that coaches look for.
He will be the leader of the back end of the defense and should be able to put up some good numbers in every category. He knows how to distinguish routes, and will break on them with no hesitation.
He is also not afraid to go for the big hit, and punish the offensive player.
He is a lot of fun to watch in college, hopefully, that will transfer over in a Falcons uniform.
Worst: Over Aggressiveness
This is probably the biggest culprit of why Grant was able to last until the 40th pick.
He can sometimes be too aggressive. Richie will put too much stock into the eyes of the quarterback, allowing a receiver to get behind him, resulting in a long touchdown.
He can also get caught being too aggressive when going for a tackle. He will run himself out of the play, instead of waiting for the ball carrier to approach him, he will end up occasionally running past the ball carrier. He plays fast, and sometimes that is a trade-off that you have to be willing to accept.
The Falcons coaches should be able to coach him into knowing when to play full speed, and when to be a little more patient. If he can clean that up a little, he can become one of the best in the game, no doubt.