Ryan Grant

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Tulane green wave
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ovr

wide receiver

Size: 6'0, 199

Senior

24
174


Arm Length: 31 inch    40: 4.64    Bench: 8 reps    Vertical: 35.5 inch    3-cone: 6.68   broad: 9 ft 11 inch  


Shawn's grade: 5th to 6th Round Pick: Ryan Grant is a nice prospect whose reliability for Tulane was apparent over the past two years. A smooth, finesse possession type who won't "wow" you with his explosion, Grant uses his quick, savvy route running to separate from defensive backs and owns the skills needed to be a quality receiver in the NFL. He projects as a No. 3 or No. 4 receiver or an NFL team. Statistically has some similarities to Vincent Brown out of San Diego State.

Bio: 2.5-year starter at Tulane who finished his career with 196 receptions for 2,769 yards (14.1 ypc) and 21 touchdowns; his best statistical season came as a senior in 2013 having recorded 77 catches for 1,039 yards (13.5 ypc) and nine touchdowns. Owns prototypical height with average bulk and an overall athletic build.

Pros: Smooth, athletic receiver who displays the natural receiving skills desired out of the position. Finesse possession receiver who finds a way to get open and takes advantage of soft spots in coverage. Glides down the field with short strides and shows the quick feet in and out of his breaks to separate from defensive backs. Nimble and light on his feet showing the agility and change of direction skills that allow for him to be so productive over the middle and in the short-to-intermediate range. Sharp route runner; quite effective on hitches, slants, and crossing routes 10-15 yards down the field. Sells routes by giving the defensive back a head fake before continuing on down the field, creating additional separation. Typically is a sure-handed receiver who catches the ball away from his body with his hands. Acrobatic with the ball skills and body control to climb vertically and pluck the ball out of the air in contested situations. Tracks the ball well over his shoulder and is capable of securing errant throws. Times his jumps well and displays the ability to contort his body to poorly thrown passes. Shows the strength to hang onto the ball even after taking a hit.

Cons: Short arms for the position. Is not a truly fast player and lacks the straight-line speed to consistently stretch the field vertically. Not a home run hitter and does not offer the suddenness and quick-twitch characteristics that you hope to see at the position. Average acceleration off the line as he builds up to his top speed. Is not a dynamic or dangerous open field runner; owns enough speed to take advantage of an opening, but doesn't offer the lateral quickness needed to make defenders miss in the space. Not a very effective blocker in the run game; will need to continue to get stronger in order to take on defensive backs on the perimeter and execute his blocks. Has no experience returning on special teams.

Background: Named first-team All-Conference USA in 2012 and 2013. Has no known off-field concerns. Missed all but one game in 2011 with a hernia that will need to be checked out prior to the draft. Coming out of West Brook High School in Beaumont, Texas was rated as a two-star prospect by Rivals.com. Between his junior and senior seasons in high school he produced 83 receptions for 1,375 yards and 11 touchdowns.

 


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