Run Defense - Finds most of his success as a run defender slashing through gaps and slanting inside. Doesn't have the mass or power to be a consistent edge-setter or gap-squeezer. Plays with poor leverage which negatively impacts his ability to anchor. Will run himself out of his run fits and too often resolves to going around blocks because he does not consistently play through contact.
Pass Rush - Uses his length well and illustrates a good one-arm stab. Has enough ability to convert to power and challenge blockers with a bull rush. Has enough ability to reduce his surface area and attack with tilt to get under the punch of his blocker. Doesn't have enough juice out of his stance or flexibility to consistently win around the outside hip of the offensive tackle. Step frequency up the arc is excessive. Pads get too high immediately off the snap. Counters and hand usage at the top of the arc are under developed.
Burst - Doesn't have the quick acceleration needed to stress offensive tackles' foot speed to reach landmarks around the arc. Closely fairly quickly once the path is cleared to the football. Fires out of his stance with urgency.
Effort - Plays with generally good effort but it's clear that he revs the engine up at times which exposes reps that he doesn't. Can be over-aggressive at times when stunting inside and will work himself out of the gaps he is responsible for.
Hand Technique - Demonstrates a variety of swipes and techniques to clear his pads. Timing and execution of his pass rush moves is hit or miss. Won't jolt pads with the pop in his strikes. Needs to be more consistent winning with first contact and not allow the blocker to fit his hands.
Flexibility - There is some segmentation to his rush and change of direction ability. Doesn't have the twitch or juice to bend the outside corner. Apparent tightness in his hips when working laterally or dropping into pass coverage.
Processing - Guilty of guessing wrong and playing himself out of his responsibility. Limitations may play into why but struggles to regularly establish a half man relationship with his blocker and finds himself in too many body-to-body situations.
Play Strength - Modest. Isn't an overly stout defender and can struggle in tight quarters. High pads rob himself of play strength. Lacks the functional power needed to set a firm edge or squeeze gaps as a run defender. Contact power and balance do not impress.
Versatility - Likely best utilized as a standup 3-4 outside linebacker where he's not tasked with consistently exchanging power with offensive tackles. Most effective slashing gaps and linear angles to the football which can be schemed more efficiently in a standup role. Pass drops could be a liability if tasked with that responsibility.
BEST TRAIT - Stunting/Length
WORST TRAIT - Flexibility
RED FLAGS - Torn ACL on left knee in 2016
Granderson enjoyed a breakout junior season returning from his ACL tear in 2016 but tapered off as a senior. Because of his limitations in terms of flexibility and play strength as a hand-in-the-dirt defensive end, Granderson's best NFL fit comes as a standup 3-4 outside linebacker where he can take advantage of angles created from stunting and utilize his length. By year three, Granderson may be able to carve out a niche role in sub-packages while providing additional value on special teams.