2021 NFL Draft: Kylen Granson Player Profile

Kylen Granson 2021 NFL Draft Overview

Position: Tight End
Height: 6’1.4
Weight: 241
School: Southern Methodist University

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Kylen Granson 2021 NFL Draft Profile


Born on March 27, 1998, in Austin, Texas, Granson attended Westlake High School. In his high school career, Granson had 48 receptions of 739 yards for 11 touchdowns. He was an Academic All-State Honorable Mention, a regional qualifier in the 4×200 track relay, and an FCA and National Honor Society member. Granson attended Rice University after finishing high school.

In his first year, Granson completed 33 receptions of 281 yards with two touchdowns in seven games played, which was second-best on the team. He averaged 4.1 catches and 47.6 yards per game when on the field. In his second year at Rice, Granson completed 18 receptions of 241 yards. Additionally, he had six carries for 51 yards. Granson sat out the following season due to NCAA transfer rules.

In his junior year at SMU, he completed 43 receptions of 721 yards with nine touchdowns, which was ranked number one for a tight end at the school. Additionally, Granson completed two carries for 11 yards and had four consecutive games with a touchdown reception. He was named to the All-ACC Second Team, Dave Campbell’s All Texas College Team For Offence, and to the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Weekly Honor Roll.

During his senior year, Granson completed 35 receptions of 536 yards with five touchdowns in 10 games played. He led the team in touchdowns and ranked 10th in the AAC with an average of 15.31 yards per reception. Additionally, Granson finished his school career ranked second for a tight-end in yards with 1, 257, and receptions with 78. He is the program record-holder for receiving touchdowns by a tight-end with 14.

Granson was selected to the All-AAC First Team, Dave Campbell’s All-Texas College Second Team, the Biletnikoff Award Watch List, and the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award Watch List. He also received a Senior Bowl invite and an East-West Shrine Bowl Invite. In the Preseason, Granson was selected to Dave Campbell’s Texas Football All-Texas College Team, the College Football News All-ACC Team, the Phil Steele First-Team All-ACC, and the Athlon Sports First-Team All-ACC. He was also ranked #39 for most important players in Texas.

During his pro day, Granson completed a vertical jump of 36.5, and a broad jump of 10. He benched 16 reps of 225 lbs, ran a 4.40 in the 20-yard shuttle and a 6.93 in the 3-Cone Drill. Granson ran a 4.64 in the 40-yard dash, a 2.62 in the 20-yard dash, and a 1.61 in the 10-yard dash.


  • Has shown an ability to be a good receiver;
  • Athletic with good speed and quickness;
  • Good blocker;
  • Good at playing angles;
  • Very good acceleration to separate from defenders.


  • Will have trouble with big, physical defenders;
  • Can get knocked off balance easily;
  • Needs to make better choices with route running;
  • Needs to work on hand-eye coordination;
  • Lack of size may be an issue at lines of scrimmage.

Teams With Need At Position: Buffalo Bills, Kansas City Chiefs, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Arizona Cardinals,

Projection: Sixth Round

Bottom Line on Kylen Granson

Granson is an athletic tight end who has the hands and speed to be a good receiver. He has the ability to separate from defenders and use his footwork to be a serviceable blocker. The lack of size will; however, limit his usage against physical teams and at scrimmage lines as he can be knocked off balance and pushed around. His floor is good, but it is unknown if there is much in the way of a ceiling, and if he can reach it.

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