2021 NFL Draft Scouting Report: LB Grant Stuard

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Houston linebacker Grant Stuard is a joy to watch on film. He is an elite competitor that plays a physical and aggressive brand of football. He is excellent at processing the run, triggering downhill, and hunting the football. He thrives in condensed spaces and he is relentless in pursuit. His motor is always cranked and he knows no other speed than full speed. The challenge with Stuard is that for as exciting as he is to watch at Houston flying around the field, his skill set is quite limited when forecasting him to the NFL. He is a modest athlete that lacks length. His range is limited and he doesn’t project well to playing in coverage or space in the NFL. With that in mind, his best chance to stick is to excel on special teams like he did in college and has 500 reps of experience doing so. Stuard can be a reserve linebacker that provides value in short-yardage packages and on special teams. 

Ideal Role: Special teams ace, short-yardage linebacker.

Scheme Fit: 3-4.

Written by: Joe Marino 

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Written By:

Joe Marino

Senior NFL Draft Analyst

Joe Marino is a Senior NFL Draft Analyst at TDN. Marino comes to TDN after serving as a draft analyst for NDT Scouting, FanRag Sports and Draft Breakdown dating back to 2014. In 2017, Marino became a Huddle Report Mock Draft Champion when he produced the most accurate mock draft in the world.

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