University of Oregon Ducks
Los Angeles, California
Crespi High School
Grasu reminds me of an old TV game show, so I ask him this question – will the real Hroniss Grasu please stand up. Hailed as the Pac-12 Conference’s elite drive blocker, he has good upper body strength to be a mauler, but is more of a finesse-type blocker with the balance and body control to mirror most in-line movement. He is extremely quick off the rise to get into his man, showing good hand placement (lacks punch, though).
The Ducks center also demonstrates good flexibility, balance, and body control and gets his hips turned around properly to wall off defenders, as he is one of the best at his position when asked to pull and trap. Still, without a dominant anchor power base (surprising, based on his weight room numbers) in his pass protection technique, he can be pushed back at the point of attack vs. a strong bull rush. He also needs to do a better job of sustaining his blocks working in space. When his base narrows, he fails to clear his feet, causing defenders to slip off some hits.
Grasu is a well-built athlete with impressive forward explosion and initial quickness, but appears a bit stiff in his hips, as he loses his burst when having to redirect. He is best playing along the line or on short pulls, as he might have good timed speed, but seems to labor when trying to get into the second level. He plays on his feet well and has the first step needed to chip and seal the linebackers shooting the gaps.
The Ducks center has the strength to neutralize the bull rush and good balance along with proper hand placement, as he is quick to recoil and reset his hands, but when he gets upright in his stance, he leaves his chest exposed and defenders have had success locking on and pushing him back into the pocket (see Michigan State vs. Lawrence Thomas; Washington vs. Danny Shelton and Utah vs. Lowe Lotulelei as examples).
Grasu has above average initial quickness off the snap, but despite good timed speed for his position, he does labor running long distances and is not a great space player, as he appears too stiff in his hips to generate explosive lateral agility. He has the speed to make the reach and down blocks with effectiveness, but just adequate burst getting into the second level to stalk linebackers.
As a run blocker, Grasu fires off the snap with good explosion, but must do a better job of getting his hands into the defender to control. With his balance and leg drive, he is able to root out and drive off bigger defensive tackles when he keeps his pads down, though. He is not the type that chest-block, but with his valid upper body strength, you would like to see him attempt to maul an opponent rather than try to out-finessing his assignment. I would also like to see him roll his hips better, as he does lumber when having to work down the line.
Grasu is a solid pass protector when battling in the trenches, but he gets caught up in the action at times and tries to do too much, failing to recognize plays breaking down in the backfield. He works well in combination with his guards playing in a phone booth, but looks sluggish when having to redirect. He has that above average lower body strength to effectively anchor vs. the bull rush.
The senior demonstrates the vision and footwork needed to react to twists and games. He has good knee bend, but his flexibility is inconsistent, as he will bend at the waist when having to change direction. When he sets his wide base, he has the balance to generate decent pop on contact. He has the ability to play flat-footed, but must do a better job of extending his hands, as he is prone to short arming at times.
On the short pulls and traps, Grasu gets off the line adequately, but is not a space player due to lateral movement issues. He has good balance at the line of scrimmage and shows adequate upper body strength when widening the rush lanes. He does a nice job of playing on his feet, but must do a better job of shifting and adjusting his weight playing on the move.
2014 Season…While the school refused to release injury reports, it was verified that Grasu suffered a left leg injury trying to maker a tackle after an Oregon turnover vs. Utah. The injury sidelined him for the next three games – vs. Colorado, Oregon State and Arizona, before he returned for postseason action. The injury required a minor surgical procedure to repair…Grasu was unable to participate in drills while attending the 2015 NFL scouting Combine, as he was still not fully recovered.
5.03 in the 40-yard dash…1.89 10-yard dash…3.09 20-yard dash…4.41 20-yard shuttle… 7.73 three-cone drill…27-inch vertical jump…9’-02” broad jump…400-pound bench press/319-pound power clean/485-pound squat…32 1/8-inch arm length…10 ¼-inch hands.