The Atlanta Falcons were roundly praised when they traded up in the fifth round of the 2015 NFL Draft to nab Clemson defensive tackle Grady Jarrett. Considered to be the absolute steal of that year’s draft, Jarrett quickly established himself as one of the league’s premiere interior defensive lineman — and he will receive a contract that reflects that value in short order.
But as it stands today, per The Ringer’s Danny Heifetz, Grady Jarrett can be considered one of the NFL’s most undervalued players.
These five guys are the keys to winning #NFL games—but they never get their due. Until now! #NFLValueWeek@danny_heifetz:https://t.co/w6j0jus9SO— The Ringer (@ringer) August 20, 2018
Grady Jarrett is a guy who gets things done on the field, and he’s going to be rewarded handsomely for it. As Heifetz astutely notes, Jarrett has been graded among the top interior defenders against the run — a skill he totes along with a devastating first step that he’s utilized to harass opposing quarterbacks on a regular basis.
Grady Jarrett: good at football.
At this moment, Grady Jarrett is absolutely undervalued in terms of his contract details, but what he brings to the Atlanta Falcons is certainly not in question or up for debate. He’s a playmaker in every sense of the word; a budding star who you build a defense around. When the Falcons eventually hand down a lucrative extension for their prized young defensive tackle, the payday will mirror Grady’s true impact in Atlanta.