August 8, 2020

Washington Redskins 2014 NFL Profile: WR Ryan Grant

This week, District Sports Page will take an in-depth look at each player the Washington Redskins selected in the 2014 NFL Draft, including quotes from the Skins brass and player reaction to being drafted.

The first in the series was Trent Murphy, the Skins first pick in this year’s draft, a second round selection.

Next was Morgan Moses, OT, University of Virginia, the Redskins first selection in the third round of this year’s draft.

Part III of the series featured guard Spencer Long from Nebraska, selected with the Skins second pick in the third round.

Part IV features Bashaud Breeland, DB from Clemson, selected in the fourth round.

Part V features Ryan Grant, WR, Tulane, selected in the fifth round.

Ryan Grant       

  • 6’0″ Height

  • 31″ Arm Length

  • 199 LBS. Weight

  • 9 5/8″ Hands

  • 4.64 SEC 40-yard dash
  • 8 REPS bench press (225 lbs.)
  • 35.5 INCH vertical jump
  • 119.0 INCH broad jump
  • 6.68 SEC 3-cone drill
  • 4.11 SEC 20-yard shuttle
  • 11.63 SEC 60-yard shuttle

Grant appeared in nine games and recorded nine receptions for 39 yards (4.3-yard average) and a touchdown. As a sophomore, Grant started 6-of-12 games in ’10, gaining 33-515-4 (15.6). Grant was granted a medical hardship because of season-ending hernia injury after only one game. As a redshirt junior, Grant started all 12 games in ’12, leading Tulane in receiving with 76-1,149-6 (15.1). Grant started 12-of-13 games as a redshirt senior (gave way to two tight ends against Syracuse) and led Tulane in receiving again with 77-1,039-9 (13.5).

According to Redskins head coach Jay Gruden, what Ryan Grant offers the Redskins is: “He’s great hands catcher. He’s a good route runner. He can play inside and outside. We’re surprised that he was there. We had a little bit higher of a grade on him, obviously, and he was sitting there and we took him.

Gruden also said, “We were impressed with him at the combine interview we had with him and his production at Tulane has been excellent, and like I said, his flexibility as far as where to line up. He knows the position. He knows the passing game concepts. He had a very sophisticated offense at Tulane and we feel like he’s going to come in and compete right away.”

NFL.com’s Nolan Nawrocki also said of Grant’s hands, “one of the best pair of hands in the draft,” “Impressive hands catcher — quick, soft mitts,” “Makes NFL-caliber catches, snatching throws out of the air away from his body.”

According to Nawrocki, Grant also brings, “Good size,” “Smooth accelerator off the line,” “Good flexibility to sink his hips,” “Tracks throws and shows terrific body control to adjust.

As for Grant’s running ability, Nawrocki says, “Determined runner with the ball in his hands,” “Nice upfield quickness to pick up yards after the catch,” yet at the same time, “Can be jammed and rerouted at the line,” and “Lacks ideal speed and physicality to survive outside.”

Contrary to what Gruden thinks of Grant’s routes, Nawrocki says he “is an unpolished route runner,” “does not consistently separate,” “drifts into patterns neglecting deception,” “does not snap off breaks,” and has a “limited route tree”

As far as Grant’s mental and physical strength, Nawrocki says Grant “could stand to improve functional strength and physicality,” “appears lackadaisical at times,” has “intermittent intensity, urgency and compete level,” “questionable courage to work the middle of the field,” and “lacks ideal suddenness and toughness to thrive inside.”

The disparity between what Jay Gruden and Nolan Nawrocki think of Ryan Grant reveals what Gruden admitted: the Redskins rated Grant higher than everyone else did.

The only receivers that seem safely guaranteed roster spots are the newly signed DeSean Jackson and last year’s NFL receptions leader Pierre Garcon, as well as free agent signing Andre Roberts. Grant belongs to the pack behind them trying to secure maybe three roster spots behind them among Santana Moss, Leonard Hankerson, Aldrick Robinson, and Nick Williams.  I hate to say that about someone who was the Redskins’ best receiver for so long, but I don’t think Moss is guaranteed anything now in the twilight of his career.

Scouting report courtesy of NFL.com

About Derek Norin

Derek Norin is a Contributor to District Sports Page. He is also the Washington Capitals correspondent for Pro Hockey News and is a contributor to Talk the Red. Derek was a copy editor for three different student publications at Ohio State and was a founder of the newspaper, the OSU Sentinel, that would become the OSU Rubicon today. Derek has been a member of SABR, SIHR, and PFRA. Derek put together www.capshistory.com, a history of the Capitals franchise told in Youtube videos. You can follow Derek on Twitter @dereknorin.

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