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