Photo of Darion Griswold
Grade
4.97 ?

Draft Analysis:

  • 6'5" Height
  • 255LBS. Weight

Overview

Receiving statistics do not measure Griswold's potential; like many college tight ends, he is underutilized in the Red Wolves' offense. After a sophomore season where he earned second team All-Sun Belt honors with 24 catches for 312 yards and three scores, Griswold hasn’t had the opportunity to be productive in two honorable mention all-conference season (18 catches, 221 yards, four scores in 2014; just 13-187-2 in 2015). His size makes him an intriguing red-zone prospect and long strides allow him to threaten the seam.

Analysis

Strengths

Big body with some thickness in his lower half. Good straight-line movement for a big man and was used to challenge downfield. All-­state high school basketball player with ability to body up and catch the ball in traffic. Decent leaper. Dependable hands and tucks ball quickly to get up the field after catch. Technique as run blocker needs lots of work, but flashes some potential in that area if he can become more balanced at point of attack.

Weaknesses

Takes awhile to come out of his stance and get into his routes. Labored gait when running. No separation quickness out of his breaks. Needs to play with more consistent play speed. Not a true in­line tight end and lacked production expected from a move tight end. Waist-­bending head-ducker as a run blocker and very raw. Will need to improve strength in his hands to latch onto his blocking targets.

Draft Projection

Rounds 6 or 7

Bottom Line

Intriguing tight end prospect who lacks eye­-catching production, but who has the size and basketball background that will get the attention of teams looking for a project to work with.
-Lance Zierlein
C
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-9.00 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl to All-Pro Ability
6.50-6.99 Good NFL Starter with Pro Bowl Potential
6.00-6.49 Chance to become good NFL starter
5.70-5.99 Could become early NFL starter
5.30-5.69 Backup or eventual starter
5.15-5.29 Developmental prospect or special teams potential
5.01-5.14 Back end of the roster
5.00 50/50 Chance of making the roster

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