Grady Jarrett, Family Uninjured After Fire at Home During 2015 NFL Draft Party

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistMay 2, 2015

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Former Clemson Tigers defensive tackle Grady Jarrett was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the fifth round of the 2015 NFL draft with the No. 137 overall pick, but that news took a backseat to a fire at his family’s home Friday night.

David Hood of TigerNet.com reported that Jarrett’s family's house burned down Friday, the second day of the draft. 

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport and Fox Sports' Ross Jones shared some of the details of the fire:

Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

Grady Jarrett’s family suffered no injuries, but his house was significantly damaged by fire yesterday. He watched the draft at his cousin’s

Ross Jones @RossMikeJones

Half of the house burned down. Nobody was injured, but they lost all of Jarrett’s Clemson memorability.

Ross Jones @RossMikeJones

Nearly 50 family members were in attendance. Cause of fire is being investigated. They believe it was an electrical fire.

Ross Jones @RossMikeJones

Responders got to Jarrett's house 10 minutes after fire began, but by that time entire left side of the house had been engulfed in flames.

The Falcons responded when they learned of the situation, per Chris Mortensen of ESPN:

Chris Mortensen @mortreport

ATL owner Arthur Blank spoke to 5th rd draft pick Grady Jarrett, then heard fire destroyed house; told staff to get him Falcons gear asap

It is a difficult situation, but nobody was injured, which is the most important thing.

While the fire is likely on the forefront of Jarrett’s mind right now, on Saturday, he achieved his goal of making it to the NFL. He will now have the opportunity to contribute at the professional level for Atlanta.

His quickness and footwork help him shoot gaps to stuff rushing attacks and explode past guards to create pressure up the middle on passing plays. Chris Burke of Sports Illustrated praised the Falcons' selection:

Chris Burke @ChrisBurkeNFL

Atlanta trades up to the top of Round 5 for Grady Jarrett. Might be the best value of the entire draft.

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Atlanta finished last in the league in total defense and 27th in scoring defense during the 2014 campaign, so the team must generate more pressure along the defensive front. Jarrett will help the Falcons do just that.


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