PFF scouting report: Jakeem Grant, WR, Texas Tech

Gordon McGuinness and the PFF draft team break down the play of receiver Jakeem Grant ahead of the 2016 NFL draft.

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PFF scouting report: Jakeem Grant, WR, Texas Tech

Below is the PFF draft profile for Texas Tech receiver Jakeem Grant, which incorporates PFF’s college grades and scouting intel from our team of analysts. To see all of PFF’s 2016 scouting reports, click here.

Position fit:

Slot receiver, kick returner. 652 of his 713 snaps came out of the slot in 2015.

Stats to know:

Forced 33 missed tackles on just 91 receptions in 2015.

What he does best:

• Outstanding in space. 33 missed tackles forced were five more than any other receiver in college in 2015; averaged 9.6 yards after the catch per reception.

• Speed to burn. Pair that with his ability to make people miss, and it’s not surprising that he had receptions of 53, 60, 75, and 90 yards in his final year at Texas Tech.

• Not afraid to go across the middle. Saw only six catchable passes on crossing routes, but caught five of them.

• Can create big plays and set up better field position on special teams. Had a kick return of at least 30 yards in eight of 12 games in 2015, including a 103-yard touchdown return.

Biggest concerns:

• Inconsistent hands. Dropped 21 of the 176 catchable passes thrown his way over the past two seasons.

• Size will be an issue in the NFL. Grant is 5-foot-6 and 168 pounds, something that will come into play if he’s forced against press coverage, facing some of the bigger, stronger cornerbacks in the NFL.

• Small frame definitely doesn’t help, but caught just 54 percent of the passes thrown his way on hitch routes, and 67 percent on slant routes. Shielding defenders is not something he’s shown in college.

• One-trick pony in the NFL? Saw 37 of his 90 receptions come on wide-receiver screens in his final year in college.

Pro style comparison:

Trindon Holliday, formerly of the Denver Broncos. Holliday was a similar prospect to Grant in that his size hurt him at the NFL level, but his speed and ability to make people miss allowed him to make an impact on special teams.

Bottom line:

If nothing more, Grant deserves a shot in the NFL as a kick returner. He’s not going to be a No. 1 WR, but he has shown the ability to create big plays when he gets the ball in his hands. His success in the league ultimately might come down to how creative the coach of the team who drafts him is, but at the very least, it should be exciting to watch him on special teams.

  • Tim Edell

    IMO a team will draft Grant in the 6th or 7th round. As electryfying as he is a returner he also could be used as a gadget player to get him the ball in the open field.