Chicago Bears: Round 2, Pick No. 52
Richie Grant shot himself off draft boards this offseason after an impressive showing in the Senior Bowl in Mobile. Now, he finds himself going in the middle of the second round. The three-year starter has shown that he can take his game to the next level.
Grant showed his abilities in both coverage and tackling. In only his first year starting, Grant racked up over 100 total tackles. In 2020, he was a finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award as the top defensive back in college football. He was a turnover machine with two forced fumbles and three interceptions to go along with 72 tackles all in only nine games.
Grant is already a fast safety, but he is quick as well. He explodes and accelerates quickly. Grant additionally isn’t afraid of contract and is very aggressive. As a deep safety, Grant shows great instincts and the ability to read a quarterback. He truly can do everything well as a safety.
Grant would be a great safety to pair along with Eddie Jackson. As Defensive Coordinator Sean Desai expects to run a lot of two-high safety sets, Jackson and Grant would be a killer combination to have as the two-high safeties. Both can diagnose plays well and fly to the football quickly.