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Doran Grant, CB

School: Ohio State  |  Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Akron, OH
Height/Weight: 5-10 / 200 lbs.
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Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.372.571.5221 339'8"4.33-

Player Overview

The lone returning secondary starter in 2014 for the Buckeyes, Grant struggled to crack the starting lineup his first two seasons in Columbus before becoming the full-time starter opposite Bradley Roby in 2013.

He is patient and trusts what he sees with ball-skills for the position, but scouts want to see improved discipline and sustained confidence from play to play. Although he gets physical in press and can lock down targets when he keeps them in front of him, Grant might lack the speed and fluidity to hold up on the outside, projecting him as a No. 3 or 4 cornerback at the next level.

Grant was a reserve as a true freshman and sophomore, combining for 25 tackles and one interception. He became a starter in 2013 as a junior and recorded 58 tackles, 2.0 tackles for loss, 13 passes defended and three interceptions, earning All-Big Ten Honorable Mention honors. Grant improved his production even more as a senior in 2014, leading the National Championship Buckeyes in passes defended (14), adding 63 tackles and five interceptions to receive First Team All-Big Ten honors.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Adequate size and body type for the position with average arm length and hand size. Balanced and calm to jam at the line of scrimmage and stay square to wideouts. Patient and trusts what he sees, showing quick reads to recognize underneath rotes and drive on the ball. Improved route anticipation and sees the play develop quickly.

Natural ball-skills and competes well in contested situations. Physical at the catch point with anticipation to plant-and-drive with timing. Feisty working off blocks. Improved run defender and will sting ballcarriers in run support, enjoys contact. Tough and durable, starting the last 29 games in Columbus.

Has football bloodlines - father (Ted) is listed in the Michigan State receiving record books, cousin (WR Devin Smith) also in the 2015 NFL Draft class.

WEAKNESSES: Field speed doesn't match his timed speed. Straight-linish with rigid movements when changing directions. Doesn't play silky smooth, lacking loose hips in his transition. Plays too much on his heels and his weight distribution often caught off-balance. Tends to play too high and doesn't consistently sink, taking too many wasted steps.

Too hands-on downfield with his arms extend, making him an easy target for pass interference calls. More reactionary than instinctive and can be late to find the ball. Tends to second guess himself. Overeager tackler with bad habits that leads to missed tackles, especially in space. Skill-level has appeared to level off and he doesn't have ideal NFL upside.

--Dane Brugler

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05/05/2015 - A closer look at the Steelers' eight picks: Round 4/121 - Doran Grant, CB, 5-10, 200, Ohio State...He has good speed, decent size and is very strong. He started 30 games at Ohio State and also can play safety. Had nine interceptions in his career, five last season as a Buckeye co-captain. - The Sports Xchange


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