The Washington Redskins selected Tulane wide receiver Ryan Grant with the 142th pick in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. With the addition of free agents DeSean Jackson and Andre Roberts the need for an impact wide receiver diminished for the Redskins. However, depth after the top three guys depth was thin, so there was need.
Pierre Garcon has emerged as a top receiver and Jackson and Roberts will help form a dynamic threesome. But Santana Moss while still productive is getting long in the tooth, and Leonard Hankerson is recovering from a torn ACL. Deep threat Aldrick Robinson has been inconsistent, so Ryan Grant can step in and immediately compete for the fourth wide receiver spot.
Grant can play on the outside and in the slot, so his versatility should come in handy for head coach Jay Gruden’s offense. Grant was very productive at Tulane, and he has a knack for big plays and has the ability to make the difficult acrobatic catch. He will be a good addition to the receiving unit.
I would have liked to see the Redskins bring in a bigger receiver, but Grant seems to fit the mold they’re looking for. The Redskins addressed a need with this pick, but they took Ryan Grant about a round higher than he was projected to go but otherwise a decent pick.