Although he currently ranks as the No. 3 tight end at Indianapolis after being selected by General Manager Chris Ballard and the Colts in the fourth round of the 2021 NFL Draft, hopes – and perhaps even some expectations – for Kylen Granson remain high.
In an article published Monday by Bleacher Report’s Kristopher Knox highlighting the surprising rookie gem for all 32 teams ahead of the 2021 season, Knox identified Granson as the Colts’ surprising rookie gem and other picks in the late round in the offensive lineman Will Fries, quarterback, ousted Sam Ehlinger, safety Shawn Davis and wide receiver Michael Strachan.
Here’s what Knox had to say about choosing Granson as the Colts’ surprise rookie gem:
The Indianapolis Colts have a new quarterback project with former Eagle Carson Wentz. The Colts also have a lot of offensive talent to aid Wentz with, despite lacking a reliable, well-fitting tight end. Mo Alie-Cox stepped into the position with only 394 yards in 2020. This is where four-round pick Kylen Granson comes in. Granson is a small school from Southern Methodist and is bursting with athletic upward and outlier potential. While Granson lacks the polish and blocking ability required for a tight all-down tight end, he can create mismatches in passing and be the kind of reception playmaker Wentz previously had in Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert. Last season, Granson caught 35 passes for 536 yards and five touchdowns in 10 games.
Although Knox overlooks Jack Doyle here with his description of Granson, he encounters Granson’s skills as a move tight end which will be a matchup problem for the defense, especially considering the guns at the receiver and having the Colts returned outside of Doyle and Mo Alie-Cox on the narrow end.
Granson could be a slow burnout this year, however, as he’s ranked 3rd on the depths chart and leaving the SMU, giving him a significant learning curve for the NFL.
Head coach Frank Reich will no doubt want to get the rookie out on the field quickly, however, to get him used to the NFL game and take advantage of some of the matchup issues he’ll be defending at the next level.
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