2015 NFL DRAFT

Ryan Grant, WR

School: Tulane  |  Conference: AAC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Beaumont, TX
Height/Weight: 6-0 / 199 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
240317

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.622.501.5608 35 1/29'11"4.116.68
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.532.531.59- ----

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Smooth body control and coordination, using his footwork to hold and deceive DBs in coverage...crafty route runner with proper timing, precision and depth to set up his moves and create just enough space to operate - knows how to win in 1-on-1 situations...quick, good-sized hands and tracks very well, locating and watching it into his hands - natural over-the-shoulder pass catcher with good focus and reflexes...experience lining up inside and outside with a very good sense of surroundings wherever he is on the field...tough and gritty after the catch and won't concede yards...confident, determined and plays with a chip on his shoulder - worked hard to return from hernia surgery in 2011...productive career (31 career starts) with back-to-back 75+ catch and 1,000+ yard receiving seasons in 2012-13, earning First Team All-CUSA honors.

WEAKNESSES: Very average height and body type with room to get stronger to better match up physically vs. the jam and in traffic...lacks ideal speed to be a consistent vertical threat or gain consistent separation with quickness...doesn't always aggressively attack the ball and not as proficient among the taller trees, struggling in contested situations...needs to secure and finish catches, allowing the ball to get loose through the catch process...average-at-best blocking ability with below average strength to sustain...timid, coy demeanor...minor durability concerns after missing the 2011 season due to hernia surgery.

--Dane Brugler

Player Overview

Grant wasn't highly recruited out of high school and steadily saw more playing time at Tulane his first two seasons, including a handful of starts. He played one game in 2011 before a hernia injury sidelined him for the remainder of the year, taking a redshirt year.

Grant returned for the 2012 season and posted consistently productive years as a junior and senior, earning First Team All-CUSA honors both years - leaves Tulane ranked fifth in career catches (195) and receiving yards (2,742). He has very average size/speed combination, but understands the nuances of the position and works hard at his craft to be a reliable pass catcher. Grant has experience lining up inside in the slot and outside, but needs to be more assertive at any spot.

He isn't flashy and won't stand out as elite in any one area, but he's solid across the board with reliable routes and hands and a productive resume - 5th round type who projects as a No. 3/4 NFL WR.

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05/11/2014 - Coach Jay Gruden was especially high on two of Washington's five third-day draft picks, Clemson's "technically sound" cornerback Bashaud Breeland in the fourth round and speedy Baylor running back Lache Seastrunk in the sixth round even if the latter doesn't have experience catchign passes. Gruden singled out Breeland and seventh-round tight end Ted Bolser from Indiana as rookies who could bolster the Redskins' league-worst special teams.

Gruden added that fifth-round receiver Ryan Grant from Tulane could have been picked earlier and that seventh-round kicker Zach Hosker from Arkansas could make the roster as a kickoff specialist if he doesn't beat out accurate incumbent Kai Forbath. "From a talent standpoint, I don't think anybody can question that we've significantly upgraded out football team," Gruden said evaluating the additions the Redskins have made in free agency and the draft to a team that went 3-13 last year, a season after winning the NFC East title. - The Sports Xchange

 

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