Ryan Grant, WR, Tulane (HT: 6'0⅜", 199 lbs)
Fifth Round: 142nd Pick
NFL Comparison: Andre Roberts, WR, Washington Redskins
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- A smooth athlete who has the ability to make up for his lack of elite size and speed with his quickness.
- Surprisingly effective battling for 50/50 balls—lacks elite size, but leaping ability is decent and he times his jumps perfectly to gain an edge on defensive backs.
- Shows great field awareness when playing against the zone and knows how to position himself to give the quarterback an easy target.
- Runs hard after the catch and is a threat to break some tackles if the defensive back doesn't wrap him up.
- Has experience running the full route tree.
- Developed into a reliable possession receiver on short and intermediate routes.
- Gives an adequate effort as a blocker.
- Ranks among the most productive receivers in school history.
- Lacks the ideal height of an outside receiver and lacks the breakaway speed to make up for it—will likely be limited to a role in the slot as a result.
- Lacks the suddenness in his breaks to get open over the top.
- Routes are inconsistent and he tends to round them off, which he simply lacks the speed to get away with at the next level.
- Inconsistent display of athleticism—at times he's extremely fluid and can put together double moves and quick cuts, but other times he looks hesitant and very choppy in his movements.
- Hasn't faced a ton of elite competition and didn't always step his game up against the few tough opponents he faced.
- Blocking effort is there, but size and strength limits his effectiveness.
- Suffered a season-ending sport-hernia injury in 2010 which led to a medical redshirt.
- Slightly older than the average prospect (23 years old).
- First-team All-Conference USA in junior and senior year.
- Made 30 career starts at Tulane.
- Two-career 1,000 yard seasons in his junior and senior year.
Grant was extremely productive for Tulane but questions about his size, speed and level of competition will determine where he lands in the NFL draft. He appears to lack the size and speed necessary to play on the outside, but does have the reliable hands and potential as a route runner to excel in the role of a slot receiver. His upside is clearly limited by his physical tools, but he's shown enough to warrant a look late in the draft and could earn a roster spot if he shows the ability to contribute on special teams as well.
Draft Projection: 6th-7th Round