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#74
Grant Garner
Team: Oklahoma State CowboysHeight: 6-3 Born: 9/5/1988
Position: OLWeight: 289 Hometown: Mesquite, TX
Class-Eligibility: GS-Sr


Scouting Report
Because he was one of six finalists for the Rimington Trophy - given to the nation's top center - while receiving a plethora of accolades following his senior season at Oklahoma State, Garner may appear to be a lock to be selected in the 2012 draft. But because he played in a spread offense that allowed him to "cheat" at his position, there are doubts as to whether he has the necessary skills to contribute to an NFL team. Garner was named the Big 12 Offensive Lineman of the Year and was a third-team All-American. Along with first-team All-American tackle Levy Adcock, Garner helped pave the way for one of the nation's most potent offenses. Garner was a key component of a unit that averaged nearly 50 points and 550 yards per game. In 798 snaps this past season, Garner allowed only two quarterback pressures and one-half of a sack. He also had 42 knockdown blocks and seven domination blocks. Besides keeping quarterback Brandon Weeden safe, Garner also helped Joseph Randle rush for 1,216 yards and 24 touchdowns. While athletic and mobile enough to play at the next level, Garner's strength can be called into question and he too often fails to stick to blocks through the play. He also struggles to fend off linemen once they gain a step. Success in college and athleticism could be enough to make Garner a late-round selection, but his route to the NFL is more likely as a free agent.