MINNESOTA VIKINGS by Kyle
I could just say that Jakeem Grant runs a 4.1 40 yard dash, which any team should want, but I’ll expand.
The Vikings offense was notoriously vanilla last season. Part of that is having a young quarterback, part of that is inadequate pass protection (they should also draft LeRaven Clark) which eliminated the ability to throw downfield, and part of it was lack of playmakers. The Vikings were at or near the bottom of the NFL in almost every major big play category.
The Vikings ran a one year experiment with the speedy veteran WR Mike Wallace. It didn’t amount to much, as Wallace was mostly quiet throughout the season. The Vikings also drafted WR Cordarelle Patterson in the first round three seasons ago. He is a great kick returner but hasn’t amounted to anything as a receiver. His contract will be up after next season, and I highly doubt he will be re-signed given the lack of production.
ENTER JAKEEM GRANT. Lack of playmakers and a looming void at kick returner, you say?! It’s hard to imagine a better fit for Jakeem Grant than with the Vikings. He can be the number three or four receiver on the roster, playing in the slot on passing downs mostly, and take over for Patterson at kick returner.
The upside is as big as Jakeem Grant is fast. If it pans out, you’ve got a real homerun hitter in the slot and a threat to take any kickoff to the house as we saw Grant do time and time again at Texas Tech. If it doesn’t work out? Well, he’s likely to be a late round pick or undrafted free agent. At the very least he could be a good scout team look with his speed (though for the record I belive his NFL career will amount to much more than that).
DALLAS COWBOYS by Drew
Last year the Cowboys signed Lucky Whitehead to a free agent deal after he went undrafted. Whitehead played in a few games at wide receiver but primarily returned kicks and punts. Whitehead does put the ball on the ground every now and then though. Jakeem Grant could give him a run for his money at KR/PR. Plus, Grant could be an x-factor on offense. There could even be certain packages drawn up just for him wherever he lands. It'll be interesting to see who ends up taking a late-round flier on Grant.
OAKLAND RAIDERS by Jonathan
Every Tech fan knows what Jakeem brings. Speed, elusiveness, quickness, and great hands. His size will be the biggest hurdle he'll face in getting into the NFL. Past undersized Tech receivers like Welker and Amendola have been able to succeed in the pros as slot receivers and Jakeem will have to find his way in that manner. The Raiders have 2 established outside receivers in Amari Cooper and former Tech standout Michael Crabtree. They provide a great 1-2 punch on the outside, but their inside production is almost nonexistent. He will also be able compete for a returner position, and could make his way onto the team in that aspect.
WASHINGTON REDSKINS by Ryan
Redskins have lacked consistent WR threats since the hey-day of Santana Moss and even then it was Moss… and everyone else. Even in recent years as they have reached on college talent (Hankerson) or one and done FA’s (Andre Roberts), the Redskins continue to struggle to get a solid WR core behind QB for the foreseeable future in Kirk Cousins. With DeSean Jackson has the Redskins primary deep threat and Pierre Garcon, along with TE Jordan Reed, handling the mid-level passes, the Redskins definitely need another playmaker and deep threat to stretch the field. The answer: Texas Tech’s Jakeem Grant. Grant who according to at least two NFL teams would leave DeSean Jackson in the dust with his blistering 4.12, 40 time would be excellent out of the slot in Jay Gruden’s offense. With both Jackson and Grant being able to terrorize secondary’s when they both go vertical, it would open the playbook for Gruden and OC Scott McVay. Grant also has explosive playmaking ability as a kick returner, but as kickoff rules continue to change, his upside there has a ceiling.
Grant is a low-risk, high upside prospect going in the late rounds of the draft or even perhaps being picked up as an undrafted FA. He has had issue with drops, but his quickness, agility and straight-line speed make Grant a gem to any team willing to take a chance on him.
Where do you think Jakeem Grant should end up? Let us know in the comments!