Grant Calcaterra was a very promising prospect at Oklahoma before temporarily retiring due to his history of concussions while playing football. After taking the 2020 season off, Calcaterra announced that he would be returning to the football field and transferring out of Oklahoma. Calcaterra isn’t much of a run blocker and was most of the time not a part of SMU’s run packages. He’s a possession receiver at his finest and has the ability to be a consistent piece in the league.
TE – #88 Southern Methodist
Year: Redshirt Junior
High School: Santa Margarita Catholic
HS Rating: 4 star (0.9131)
Phil Steele: PS#9
Grant Calcaterra Scouting Report
Very average speed for the NFL level. Changes direction well for someone his size. Lacks the upper body strength to be more effective in run blocking and while contesting for catches. Doesn’t have much overall strength, is lacking in this area. Does not accelerate well. Struggles through his first couple of steps. Not a particularly explosive athlete.
Decent route runner. Nifty at times, has the ability to sell the double move. Does very well to get leverage and positioning through his route. Impressive. Ran a more advanced route tree from the tight end spot, out of the slot, and out wide. Utilized fully as a wide receiver in the body of a tight end. Good catch radius. Very strong possession receiver. Doesn’t offer too much vertical ability.
Catches pretty well through contact. Uses his body as a shield. Struggles to catch through contact deeper down the field. Not a strong pass blocker. Flashes technique pointers with a good, high stiff arm and other such mechanics but doesn’t have the overall tools to hold up in pass protection. Not a strong run blocker. Doesn’t get the downhill push and struggles to hold onto the block. Doesn’t engage with his hands well.
What we want to see from Grant Calcaterra in Mobile
- We want to see Grant Calcaterra show some refined mechanics with his run blocking technique. It would help his stock and projection tremendously if he can show some improvement in this area and handle some assignments throughout the week.
- Calcaterra showed tremendous potential as a route runner. Now, we’d like to see that confirmed against the stiffer competition at the Senior Bowl. His upside is as a receiver. The biggest question mark right now with his evaluation is where his ceiling is.
Pre-Senior Bowl projection
Grant Calcaterra projects best to the next level mainly as a receiver in 12 personnel sets. I think there is a good possibility that we could see him used as a “big slot” because of his route-running ability and effectiveness in short-to-intermediate areas of the field. His lack of blocking ability and his history of concussions makes his draft projection difficult.
We like Calcaterra as a fifth/seventh-round prospect. His receiving ability should be noticed and, if confirmed, he has upside as a situational offensive weapon. His injury history, however, could easily push him back to a PFA.