PRO: Hroniss Grasu was signed by the Titans as a free agent during the 2019 offseason. The 6-foot-3 inch, 301-pounder provides depth and versatility on the interior offensive line. The Los Angeles, Calif. native was originally drafted by the Chicago Bears in the third round (71st overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft and started eight games at center as a rookie. Grasu has also seen game action for the Baltimore Ravens and has spent time with the Miami Dolphins.
• Grasu played college football at Oregon, where he blocked for quarterback Marcus Mariota from 2012-14. Grasu and Mariota train and live together in the offseason.
• At Oregon, Grasu was a two-time recipient of the Todd Doxey Award (2012-13), exemplifying the spirituality, dedication and brotherhood associated with being an outstanding teammate.
• Grasu comes from a ‘large Romanian family’ that owns a pizza restaurant in Hollywood, Calif. Grasu worked at the restaurant growing up and he credits the experience for teaching him work ethic, discipline and values.
• While Grasu’s maternal side of the family resides in Romania, his family is still able to watch him play as his NFL games are shown there.
• The Los Angeles, Calif., native was originally drafted by the Chicago Bears in the third round (71st overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft.
• Waived by the Bears on Sept. 2, 2018.
• Signed by the Baltimore Ravens as a free agent on Sept. 24, 2018.
• Waived by the Ravens on Nov. 24, 2018.
• Signed by the Miami Dolphins as a free agent on Dec.12, 2018.
• Waived by the Dolphins on Dec. 21, 2018.
• Signed by the Titans as a free agent on Feb. 7, 2019.
• Appeared in and started 52 games at center over four seasons at Oregon from 2011-14, including 50 consecutive contests. Was a three-time Pac-12 first-team all-conference honoree (2012-14), and the Ducks led the Pac-12 in rushing all four seasons he was there.
• As a senior (2014), started 12 games and played a prominent role for an offense that paved the way for Oregon’s appearance in the College Football Playoff National Championship. Earned Pac-12 first-team all-conference honors and was named one of six finalists for the Rimington Trophy as the nation’s top center for the second consecutive year. Awarded Oregon’s Ed Moshofsky Trophy given to the program’s outstanding offensive lineman. Earned first-team All-American honors by Sporting News and Sports Illustrated and second-team All-American honors by Associated Press. Helped Oregon rank third on the country in total offense (547.0 yards per game) and fourth in scoring offense (45.4 points per game).
• As a junior (2013), started all 13 games and anchored an offensive line that led the Pac-12 in rushing (273.5 yards per game), ranked second nationally in total offense (565.0 yards per game) and fourth in the country in scoring (45.5 points per game). Earned first-team All-American recognition from Sports Illustrated and SB Nation. Was one of six finalists for the Rimington Trophy as the nation’s top center.
• As a sophomore (2012), started all 13 games at center. Earned first-team Pac-12 all-conference accolades and was awarded the Ed Moshofsky Trophy given to the program’s most outstanding offensive lineman. Was part of an offensive unit that ranked third in the country in rushing (315.2 yards per game) and second in scoring (49.5 points per game).
• As a redshirt freshman (2011), started 14 games at center and was part of an offensive unit that ranked third in the nation in scoring, fifth in rushing, and sixth in total offense. Earned All-Freshman second-team recognition by Phil Steele.
• As a freshman (2010), redshirted.
• Majored in general social science at Oregon.
• Attended Crespi (Calif.) High School and started on both the offensive and defensive lines.
• Named first team all-area on offense by the Los Angeles Daily News in 2010 and was an All-Serra League selection in 2008.
• Son of Steve and Mariana Grasu.
• Has one brother.
• Born Hroniss Grasu on Aug. 12, 1991 in Los Angeles, Calif.