Photo of Grover Stewart
Drafted By: Colts
Grade
5.29 ?

Draft Analysis:

Stewart likely "redshirts" his first season, but he has starting potential as a nose tackle down the road. --Mark Dulgerian

  • 6'5" Height
  • 295LBS. Weight

Overview

Stewart was a four-time All-SIAC player for the Golden Rams. He was a first-team pick as a freshman (8.5 tackles for loss, five sacks in 10 games), and a second-teamer as a sophomore (7.5 TFL, four sacks). Stewart returned to the top squad in 2015 (15 TFL, seven sacks) and 2016 (12 TFL, 7.5 sacks). Stewart grew from 295 pounds in his first year on campus to 335 in 2016, but his production did not diminish.

Analysis

Strengths

Powerful, NFL-ready frame with thick lower half and evenly displaced weight throughout. Jolts opponents with good initial pop that can knock blockers off their spots. Carries brute force in upper body with natural anchor to fight back against double teams. Showed off impressive straight line speed at his pro day. Athletic big man who will coast on blocks before flashing eye-opening reactive quickness disengaging and making tackles when runners try to race through his gaps. Bull-rush specialist able to create some pocket cave once he starts rolling downhill.

Weaknesses

Needs to play with better coordination between hands and feet. Lacks consistent feel for down blocks and double teams. Can be a little slow to set his anchor. Pad level is too tall. Improved bend and leverage would help generate more consistent results at point of attack. Rolls into initial contact rather than crowding and working with a quick punch-and-control technique. Raw and unskilled as a hand fighter. Slow to discard smaller blockers and allows them longer rides than they deserve. Face-up rusher lacking the upper body flexion and go-to move to slither into backfield.

Draft Projection

Rounds 5-6

NFL Comparison

Deon Simon

Bottom Line

Stewart's girth, power and potential could lead a team to take him on the third day as a developmental run-stuffer capable of playing on the nose or at three-technique. Stewart is still very raw, but additional technique work could unleash a much more capable interior defender as he has the traits. The jump in competition will take some time to adjust to, but like other small school interior defenders before him, Stewart has the potential to work himself into a more prominent role within the first two or three years.
-Lance Zierlein
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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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