With the 142nd selection in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Washington Redskins selected Ryan Grant WR Tulane. Over the offseason, the Redskins revamped their receiving core adding star DeSean Jackson. The team’s next move was to bring in size to a rather small group.
Strengths: Entering the Draft, the Redskins hoped to add size to their rather small receiving core. Grant was the first of several moves the team made primarily because Grant possesses solid hands with the ability to run smooth, crisp routes. One of the most difficult parts of a wide receivers transition to the NFL is route running and Grant should make a smooth transition. Finally, he showed great consistency recording two straight years of over 75 receptions and 1,000 yards.
Weaknesses: Grant lacks the ideal athleticism and quickness to create separation from defensive backs. Also, frequently, Grant does not come to back to passes and thus causes him to fail to complete catches. Another issue that may arise is Grant’s durability. The Tulane product suffered a hernia in 2011 and missed significant time.
Bottom Line: The selection of Grant doesn’t hold major relevance. It’s rather unlikely Grant will compete for playing time against far more proven receivers, but will be a long term project. Grade: C