WR Jakeem Grant, 2016 draft class
Small in size but plays bigger... fearless receiver, returner... scored TDs 4-different ways in 2015 (rec, rush, pass, KO ret)... cuts on a dime... incredible gear-down and go motor... sure and active footwork... as elusive as any college player in this draft... will allow passes into his body but shows strong hands out when called for... get to full speed rapidly... supreme anticipation and vision... stays with blocks, sets up screens and off-picks well but creates when a lane is not there... rarely takes a big hit... hard for tacklers to line up... size makes for a tough target for QBs to find... restricted to WR screens and drags in close or long stems downfield... shows a home-run gear and runs with excellent balance, surprising power and confidence... lot in the NFL is as a gadget type offensive weapon and/or a returner.BREAKDOWN:
Grant is a playmaker, albeit a miniature one. He often leaves would-be-tacklers grasping at air as he sinks low and cuts on a dime. Grant shows uncanny ability to change speeds instantly, going from full gait to dead stop and back up to top gear effortlessly. Size will surely be an issue and put a lid on his receiving potential but his speed, hands and elusive chops brings to mind super NFL gnats like Darren Sproles and Tavon Austin. A QB just needs to get the ball in his hands and let Jakeem Grant do the rest.
The Straight Talk: Wow! This mighty-mite is explosive and tough to get a hand on. Sure, NFL defenders are faster than most of the college tacklers Grant has abused at Texas Tech, but he brings NFL speed, confidence and razor-sharp cutting ability that creates instant offense at any level. It may take Grant some time to figure out the speed and strength of the NFL, and he'll need a creative play-caller to see touches, but when that does happen Grant can brings yards from scrimmage on scant touches.
Player comparison: Tavon Austin, Darren Sproles
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