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Kylen Granson NFL Draft 2021: Scouting Report for Indianapolis Colts TE

BR NFL Scouting DepartmentContributor IMay 1, 2021

SMU tight end Kylen Granson scores a touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football game against East Carolina, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Roger Steinman)
Roger Steinman/Associated Press


HEIGHT:
 6'1 1/2"

WEIGHT: 241 lbs 

        

POSITIVES

—Good athlete and fluid mover. Can easily sink and open up his hips on routes or with the ball in his hands. Can turn shorter routes into explosive plays because of his ability to accelerate away from bigger defenders.

—Good length for his size allows him to play bigger with his catching range. 

—Moves around the formation and shows no slow down in his play. Never hesitant and consistently plays fast. 

—Adequate route-runner and shows natural hands. Doesn't fight the ball.

       

NEGATIVES

—Below-average height and bulk for the TE position. Lacks true blocking ability and will have to be hidden on assignments.

—Inadequate play strength to sustain in the run game and will have issues against physical defenders getting hands on him in the passing game. 

—Limited route tree that will need continued polish if he's going to be a true matchup TE.

        

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2020 STATISTICS

10 G, 35 rec., 536 yards, 15.3 avg., 5 TD

       

NOTES

—Started college career at Rice before transferring to SMU in 2018.

      

OVERALL

Kylen Granson is an undersized F TE who wins with pure athleticism and good hands in the passing game. Granson, by default because of his lack of size and adequate play strength, will have to be hidden on the backside on blocking assignments or play in a zone-heavy system that allows him to work across the formation or shield defenders on the front side.

Granson's path to be a contributor at the next level will hinge on his ability to play special teams and to be a dynamic enough threat to create match-up issues for defenses. He shows plenty of athleticism, natural hands and enough length to maximize his size but will need to continue to add to his play strength and route-running polish to justify seeing the field and for offensive play-callers to design ways to get him out there.

       

GRADE: 6.4/10 (Round 7)

OVERALL RANK254/300

POSITION RANK: TE10

PRO COMPARISON: Trey Burton 

        

Written by B/R NFL Scout Nate Tice

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