Let’s be very honest with ourselves. The Washington Redskins didn’t exactly have the league’s most persuasive passing game last season. With the likes of Pierre Garcon, Santana Moss, Aldrick Robinson, Leonard Hankerson, Josh Morgan and Nick Williams on the depth chart, the Redskins didn’t exactly boast a stealthy, foreboding aeronautics unit that mirrored the Blue Angels.
When team owner Dan Snyder courted and enlisted the services of former Cincinnati Bengals offensive magician Jay Gruden to assume command of the club’s incompetent state, the man decided to up the caliber of power in Washington’s passing game — effective immediately. He set the sights of Washington’s world-class scouting department on Tulane prospect Ryan Grant and pulled the trigger, poaching the high-flying wideout. Things just got scary for rival NFC defensive coordinators and their secondaries.
Grant was decorated ammunition in the Green Wave’s passing game. He is vertically challenged, compared to some at his position, but the man is no one to sleep on. The two-time First-Team All-CUSA prospect enters his freshman season in the NFL with exceptional position skills. Grant is a savvy route runner, explosive off the line off scrimmage, packs reckoning versatility and has clutch hands.
He has a sixth sense for field awareness, especially covertly navigating his way through the secondary. His reputation preceded him at Tulane and quite frankly throughout Conference USA as a receiver who chronically hauled in NFL-caliber catches and effortlessly snagged passes in the air that weren’t exactly near his anatomy. Grant displayed an uncanny mastery of tracking throws regardless of where he was on the field and terrific body control to adjust on the fly.
The man had 31 career starts at Tulane while logging back-to-back 75-plus catch and 1,000-plus receiving yard seasons to cap his collegiate career. In spite of an already loaded air force, the Redskins may have drafted a steal.