Has blazing quick speed that flashes all over the field and allows him to make impact plays. Grant can play in the box and make good tackles on ball carriers. He can also blitz with good speed and create consistent pressure on the QB. There is explosiveness behind his hits which can produce results in fumbles. There are good coverage skills in his game in both man and zone type plays. The ability to take RBs or TEs down the field in tight M/M coverage is present. In zone, he can sit back and react because of his fluid hips that allow him to change directions quickly. He has a high motor which is evident in film because he is always flying around the field. Grant has the ability to jump routes to make diving swats or INTs.
Being too aggressive has backfired on him and has allowed big plays to happen. When some plays were unfolding, he was too aggressive in his pursuit. This was evident in read option or PA plays. Grant is a safety that can cover well but bigger receivers that can climb the latter at a good level were able to beat him. Overcommitting to a angle when attacking a ball carrier has also resulted in him getting beaten in space.
Houston (2020), Cincinnati (2020), Memphis (2020)
Richie Grant is a safety from UCF that plays with explosive speed and quickness. His play speed is evident when he flies all around the field to make plays. This is a safety that can bring fast blitzes off the edge. His blitzes created a lot of pressure on QBs which resulted in positive plays for the defense. In coverage, Grant is a player that excels in both zone and man type coverages. Grant can cover TEs and RBs in M/M coverage at a good level. When Grant sits back in zone, he is able to recognize pass plays and jump routes at a high level. Grant also has fluid hips that allows him to change directions quickly when reading thrown balls. In run support, he does make a huge impact because he is a committed tackler. Grant takes good angles on ball carriers but at times will overcommit to an angle which results in him getting beat in space. Grant does however have the ability to attack the football to create turnovers for his team. This is a safety that can deliver a powerful punch and has the range to catch up to ball carriers from behind. When a play is developing, he can get caught in overcommitting to a certain player which leads to big plays happening down the field or in the opposite direction. Overall, this is a safety with rangy speed and the ability to jump routes in coverage at a high level.
This is a safety with good foot quickness and the speed that flashes all over the field. Grant is able to accelerate at a fast rate which impacts his ability to make a play. His lateral movement ability shows when he has to slide then turn quickly to make plays on a passed ball. Grant has good balance and has strong play strength that shows when he attacks an offensive player at the POA.
Big Play Ability
Grant coverage skills in both man and zone are at a good level. This is a safety that can come down into the box and cover TEs and RBs with good man coverage skills. He can be physical with his hands at the POA and was able to swat down balls in coverage. When Grant was playing back in zone coverage, he was able to track the ball in the air and close on the target with good speed. Grant’s recovery skills show because of his quick play speed. This is a safety with fluid hips that allow him to turn quickly to impact passes that are thrown into the breaking points of routes.
The closing quickness in his game flashes on tape. Grant was able to jump routes to make INTs or swat down balls at a constant level. His balls skills are at a good level. He is able to track the ball and recognize pass plays all over the field. He does not have the best high point ability but shows good effort in trying to make a play against bigger receivers. Grant is great at coming down into the box and blitzing all over the field. When sent on blitzes, he brought a high amount of explosiveness, power, and pressure.
When engaging within powerful blocks at the POA, Grant does not have the best power to break off his blocks to impact plays. Grant’s range not only shows off when he fly’s down to make tackles in run support but when he has to chase down ball carriers from behind as well. This is a safety that takes good angles on ball carriers which impacts his ability to make tackles below the ball carriers’ knees. Grant does have explosiveness behind his tackles as well but at times he is too aggressive which leads him in missing his target. He was able to create turnovers by attacking the ball to cause it to become loose.
Engage with blocks
A super aggressive safety that will do the dirty work and shows the commitment in trying to make a tackle in run support. Grant plays with a high amount of confidence but it can backfire when he commits too much. Grant has a high motor that allows him to constantly fly all over the field.
Grant sees plays at a good level and will attack with aggressiveness. However, Grant can be too aggressive when looking into backfield or taking backs on read option plays. This is a safety that can play down in the box in nickel or dime schemes. Grant shows good communication with his teammates, but confusion was clear and exposed in plays.