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    S Richie Grant Would be a Day 2 Steal for the Cowboys

    The is football's version of Christmas. Teams do their best to provide their organization with the best toys that are available. After arguably the worst in their franchise's in 2020, the Cowboys will be looking for presents in the form of defensive players in late April.

    One of the prime positions the Cowboys will be trying to add to their roster is . 's aggressiveness and playmaking ability make him the lead dog at the spot. However, the departure of to the created a vacancy at free safety. The Cowboys added Damontae Kazee to bolster that area but it was only on a one-year deal.

    With that being said, the Cowboys have a shot to add another starting safety for the future early in the draft, and UCF's Richie Grant is a prime candidate for a Day 2 steal.

    Grant was a two-star recruit out of the state of Florida where he ran track, and in addition to playing , he also played . The multi-talented athlete redshirted in 2016 and was a part of the Golden Knights rotation in their defensive backfield a year later.

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    In 2018, Grant was named a starter, and he took full advantage. He amassed an unreal 108 tackles, six interceptions, three pass breakups, two forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery. His redshirt junior year was excellent as well as he registered 78 tackles, an interception, eight pass breakups, a forced fumble, and one defensive touchdown. He ended his collegiate career on a high note with 72 tackles, three interceptions, five pass breakups, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, and a sack.

    Grant was named First-Team All-AAC (American Athletic Conference) from 2018 to 2020.

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    So as you can see, the production is there. However, the most exciting trait about Grant is his versatility. Not only is he excellent in single-high or two-deep safety looks but he can also provide man coverage in the slot and play near the line of scrimmage as a box safety, much like the aforementioned Wilson. This is an ideal skill set for 's Cover 1/Cover 3 scheme.

    Grant's best spot is playing deep as a centerfielder. He has fantastic range which allows him to read quarterbacks and make plays sideline to sideline. He's also a beast in run support as evident by his 90.0 run-defense grade which was the highest for all safeties in 2020 according to .

    If the Cowboys were to snag him in the he could be in a situation where he would have to sit back and learn behind a veteran like Kazee for a year. That's not a guarantee though, as his unique skills might push him into the starting lineup as a rookie. Whatever the case may be, Grant would give the Cowboys another young and promising talent at the safety position to pair with Wilson for the foreseeable future.

    Pro Day Numbers

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    Height: 5'11

    Weight: 197

    40-yard dash: 4.53

    Vertical Jump: 34.5 inches

    Broad Jump: 10'9″

    Bench Press/225 pounds: 12 reps

    Grant's excellent has positioned him to be taken off the board fairly early in the draft, possibly late in the . With that being said, if he's there at 44 in the second round, the Cowboys shouldn't hesitate to put a star on his helmet.

     

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    Matthew Lenix
    Matthew Lenixhttps://mlenixsctx.wordpress.com/
    I write dope stuff about the Dallas Cowboys and what not.

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    Don Howard

    I do hope they draft quality DT and safety the middle of your defense can’t be the weakest part of your team and expect to be at a championship level if that is still what Jerry is going for but I’m not sure entertainment isn’t more important

    James Vargas

    Either Grant or Moehrig in day 2 would be a homerun. I really hope one is available.