Comfortable in his own skin

Good luck trying to tell Grady Jarrett that he's undersized. The All-ACC honorable mention selection thinks he's doing just fine at 6-1, 290.

The proof is in the pudding. Look no further than his Orange Bowl performance against Ohio State, during which he had six tackles and a sack.

"It may matter, to a certain extent. I mean, you can't be 5-foot out there, but I don't know what the big deal is about the 6-1, 290," Jarrett said. "I don't even listen to it. I feel like it's a bunch of BS. I don't even really listen to it."

Besides, Jarrett is quite comfortable with his measurables.

"I'm at the weight I want to be, because I feel like I play better here. I could easily be 6-1, 310. That's not the kind of player I want to be," he said. "I'm where I want to be because I like playing fast and strong. I can't control my height. I feel like 6-1 is adequate."

Getting Jarrett to talk about it is no easy task. He'd rather just let his play speak for itself.

"Disruptive, high-motor, physical, strong, I feel like I take on doubles pretty well. I just feel like I'm a strong, physical player," Jarrett said, when asked to describe his game. "Me, personally, I see things that maybe other people don't see that I feel like I need to work on."

And what might that be?

"When I sit there, I feel like I can get better in every aspect…just my footwork, consistent hand-placement, because sometimes I'll miss my target, where I'm putting my hands sometimes. I feel like a big emphasis for me is going to be working on my pass rush this offseason.

"I'm getting back there. I'm top in the team in QB hurries, but I need some sacks. They always seem to get that ball off when I'm about to get a hit on them, so I've got to get back there faster."

Jarrett finished his junior season with 83 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, two sacks and 13 quarterback hurries.

"feel like I come with a stigma of being under-sized, whatever, but when they cut the film on of me, there are no if ands or buts if I'm a good player or not…they'll see me walking around and I won't be the most intimidating looking guy on the field, you won't see the biggest, badest guy," Jarrett said. "It means nothing to me, physical appearance is not going to play for you, so I just want to be a good player and just do my best to play hard.

"When I'm done, I want to know that I have nothing left. I just leave it all out on the field." Top Stories