Photo of Jakeem Grant
Drafted By: Dolphins
Grade
5.35 ?

Draft Analysis:

Severely undersized, Grant is a kick returner-first in the NFL but Dolphins fans will love his college highlight reel. He's electric with the ball in his hands and could eventually find his way onto the field as a gadget weapon in space. --Mark Dulgerian

  • 5'6" Height
  • 165LBS. Weight

Overview

Grant had 90 receptions for 1,268 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2015. All of those totals were career-highs during his four-year career at Texas Tech.


Pro Day Results


40-yard dash: 4.38 seconds
Vertical: 36 1/2 inches
Broad jump: 9 feet, 9 inches
Short shuttle: 4.06 seconds
3-cone: 7.01 seconds
Bench: 15 reps of 225 pounds

Analysis

Strengths

Eye-­popping long speed. Athletic with outstanding play speed and not just a straight­-line "track guy". Can access the nitrous out of his breaks and leave defenders with recovery work to do. Speed outs, whip routes and drags will always be open. Subtle but shifty in space and shows ability to find daylight if help doesn't come flying in after the catch. Has four kick return touchdowns during career. Torched LSU with 10 catches for 125 yards and three touchdowns in the Texas Bowl including a 46-yarder against CB Tre'Davious White.

Weaknesses

Hard to ignore his diminutive frame. Scouts are concerned about ability to hold up against NFL hitters. Small catch radius requires more accurate quarterback. Gears down unnecessarily at times within his routes. Limited route runner on collegiate level and often used as "catch and run" weapon. Average ball tracker down the field. Tagged with 23 drops over last three seasons. Gets in hurry as kick returner and needs more patience.

Draft Projection

Rounds 6 or 7

NFL Comparison

Trindon Holliday

Bottom Line

Grant's size will immediately eliminate him from many draft boards, but teams looking for pure speed, a kick returner and a slot option who can add new wrinkles to an offense may have Grant on a target list. Grant might be small, but he doesn't play small and he’s certainly not a novelty act. Grant's pro day workout might have created enough buzz to warrant a third-day selection.
-Lance Zierlein
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-9.00 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl to All-Pro Ability
6.50-6.99 Good NFL Starter with Pro Bowl Potential
6.00-6.49 Chance to become good NFL starter
5.70-5.99 Could become early NFL starter
5.30-5.69 Backup or eventual starter
5.15-5.29 Developmental prospect or special teams potential
5.01-5.14 Back end of the roster
5.00 50/50 Chance of making the roster

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