Instant analysis: Larry Grant

With the seventh pick of Round 7, the No. 214 overall in the draft, the 49ers selected Ohio State linebacker Larry Grant. Here's a scouting report on Grant with all the highlights you need to know about the newest 49er.

The numbers: Stands 6-foot-1 and weighs 235 pounds … Ran the 40-yard dash in 4.67 seconds … Started 38 of 49 college games in which he played at Ohio State and City College of San Francisco … Started all 13 games for Ohio State last year, recording 51tackles and 9.5 tackles for loss … Also had an interception and recorded Ohio State's only two blocked kicks of the season … Career college totals include 244 tackles, 15.5 sacks, 30.5 tackles for loss, eight fumbles caused, three fumbles recovered, eight interceptions and 15 blocked kicks.

The skinny: Junior college transfer was NJCAA National Defensive Player of the Year and California Junior College Player of the Year and first-team JC All-American before going to Ohio State. Is a versatile athlete who can play all three linebacker positions and also has lined up at safety. Has superb skills as a kick blocker and also is a special teams ace. Has good upper-body strength and straight-line speed to the football. Can take on blockers with aggression but may need to add bulk to slender frame to succeed at pro level.

SFI's take: The 49ers needed to get an inside linebacker out of this draft and Grant is a good value selection for where San Francisco got him. He doesn't appear to be starter material, but could develop into a good swing backup who also can make significant contributions on special teams.

Expert analysis: "A highly touted Juco transfer. Is a good athlete who can run, but overall I was disappointed in his lack of instincts and play strength. Didn't meet pressure tough and wasn't an explosive player on contact (not real physical at the point of attack). Not a quick-study guy. A run-and-hit athlete with special teams potential at this stage. Saved the best for last (LSU). Like this player from an athletic standpoint, but is not near where he will need to be. Consider rounds 6 -7." – Former NFL scout Tom Marino, a 35-year veteran talent evaluator

Grant says: "I'm pretty versatile. I know that I can play any linebacker position in our defense. I can play the inside or the outside, it doesn't matter to me. I'm going to play my role and do the best whether it's on special teams or whether it's on defense. I'm just going to play my role wherever it may be and work as hard as I can to get there."


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