NFL Draft: Defensive Tackle options for Detroit Lions

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Grady Jarrett, DT, Clemson

Oct 11, 2014; Clemson, SC, USA; Clemson Tigers defensive tackle Grady Jarrett (50) celebrates with teammate linebacker Stephone Anthony (42) after scoring a touchdown by recovering a fumble in the end zone during the first half against the Louisville Cardinals at Clemson Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports

Jarrett measures up at 6-1 and 304 pounds, and was selected to the All-ACC first team with 45 total tackles, 10 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks and two forced fumbles in 2014.

Jarrett possess a great motor, hustling until the whistle blows.  He also has good quickness and with his combination of power and quickness, which he uses effectively to elude centers and guards.

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  • Even with a well-built body, Garrett’s size is considered a negative for him.  However, that doesn’t take away the potential he has with the Lions.  He can’t play in a 3-4 defense, but with the Lions host a favorable 4-3 defense that plays in favor of Jarrett.

    Jarrett isn’t a first round pick, but would be a good pick in the second round if the Lions go another way with the 23rd pick.

    Overall, Garrett is a one position player that strictly plays on the inside.  But the talent he brings at his role, which would fit in with the Lions, could be the future defensive tackle the Lions are looking for, without using their first round pick.