Richie Grant proved at the Senior Bowl that he can contribute immediately for the Jaguars.
It is no secret that the Jacksonville Jaguars are in dire need of help at the safety position as they enter the offseason and they could get it in 2021’s draft. During the 2020 regular season, the team’s main starters at the position, Josh Jones and Jarrod Wilson combined for a paltry two forced turnovers.
Backup safeties Daniel Thomas and Andrew Wingard generated three interceptions, but the position group is devoid of a dynamic playmaker. Last week at the Reese’s Senior Bowl, UCF Knights prospect Richie Grant generated two turnovers in one day of practice alone.
While it may only be practice, media and pundits alike were raving about Grant’s impressive performance all week long while in Mobile, Alabama. As a result, his peers named him the top safety of the American team.
While his performance in the Senior Bowl is worthy of attention, the UCF standout has far better in-game performances and is one of the top safety prospects in the 2021 Player Selection Meeting.
Here’s why the Jacksonville Jaguars should target Richie Grant.
Grant may be a prospect from a small school, but his football play is highlighted by his big-time energy.
In 46 games as a Knight, Grant picked off the ball ten times; including one that he returned for a touchdown. Additionally, the Florida native forced five fumbles in the same time span. His knack for creating game-changing plays is second to none.
Grant is a tone-setter in the secondary, especially with plays like this one. There may be concerns about the safety’s size in run support, but he shows no hesitation to throw his weight (approximately 195 pounds) around when given the opportunity.
Grant’s smaller frame plays to his advantage in passing situations, as he is able to be sound in pass coverage against opposing wide receivers. In conclusion, Richie is a gifted defender that the Jaguars should consider with either a second or third-round draft selection in the 2021 NFL draft.