2017 NFL DRAFT

Jakeem Grant, WR

School: Texas Tech  |  Conference: BIG12
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Mesquite, TX
Height/Weight: 5-6 / 165 lbs.
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Player Overview

A three-star wide receiver recruit out of high school, Grant committed to Texas Tech over Louisiana Tech, Iowa State, Tulsa and several others.

After redshirting in 2011, he started three games as a redshirt freshman in 2012, recording 33 catches for 287 yards and three scores. Grant started eight games in 2013 as a sophomore and posted 65 receptions for 796 and seven touchdowns, earning All-Big 12 Honorable Mention honors. He led the team in receiving as a junior in 2014 (11 starts), finishing with 67 catches for 938 yards and seven touchdowns to earn All-Big 12 Honorable Mention honors.

Grant had his most productive season as a senior in 2015 with 90 receptions for 1,268 yards and 10 touchdowns, earning Second Team All-Big 12 honors.

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STRENGTHS: Instant speed and hits his top gear with his first few steps, eliminating pursuit angles...slippery runner and tough for tacklers to square him up due to smaller strike zone - like trying to tackle smoke...best in space where he can utilize his elusive start/stop suddenness and can make defenders miss in a phone booth...weaves through the defense with fearless vision...vertical speed to stack cornerbacks and pull away late...tracks the ball well over his shoulder, catching the ball in stride...zone buster and creates quick separation...toughest player on the team, according to the Texas Tech coaches...averaged 6.0 yards per rush on end-arounds and backfield screens (33/199/2)...extensive kick return experience, averaging 24.9 yards per return with four career scores (87/2,169/4)...motivated by his three young children (Jakeem Jr., Kaylie, Kylie)...productive career, leaving Lubbock with several school records, including receiving yards (3,289).

WEAKNESSES: Short, undersized frame and not getting any bigger...small window for quarterbacks to target - struggles to expand his catch radius...not a natural hands-catcher with too many drops and body catch attempts, fighting the ball...anxious route runner, taking too many steps at the top of patterns and rounding his breaks - limited route tree...can be muscled off his route path and lacks jam experience in the Big 12...poor point of attack blocker and struggles to sustain...doesn't have any experience as a punt returner...six career fumbles and needs to improve his ball security...undersized frame leads to durability questions, missing parts of several games of his career due to nagging issues - suffered a laceration to his chin following an off-campus shooting (Oct. 2014).

IN OUR VIEW: A three-year starter, Grant steadily increased his role and production each season as an inside receiver for Texas Tech, passing Wes Welker and Michael Crabtree for the top spot on the school's all-time receiving yards list. He is dynamic with the ball in his hands with bat-out-of-hell speed and loose wiggle to create something as a rusher, receiver or return man.

There isn't anything Grant can do about his size, but he needs to add polish to his routes and catch point technique to see next level snaps on offense. If he is able to limit the mistakes and stay healthy, Grant has a pro future due to his big play potential - his odds of sticking on a NFL roster increase greatly if he develops into a punt returner.

--Dane Brugler (@dpbrugler) (4/28/16)

 
 
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12/14/2015 - 2015 ALL-BIG 12 FOOTBALL SECOND TEAM (COACHES): KR/PR Jakeem Grant, Texas Tech, Sr.,...As a kick returner, he ran back two kickoff returns for touchdown (100-yarder vs. Oklahoma State and a 94-yarder vs. Sam Houston State) and set the school record for most career kick return touchdowns (four). The Biletnikoff and Paul Hornung Award candidate currently ranks among national statistical leaders in all-purpose yards (No. 3), combined kick returns (No. 7), kickoff returns for TD (No. 5), receiving yards (No. 16) and receiving yards per game (No. 15). - Texas Tech Football
 

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