Grant Still Working To Impress Scouts

Larry Grant will do whatever it takes to make an NFL roster, and the former Buckeye linebacker is doing everything he can to prove it. His latest chance came at OSU's Pro Day, and Grant discussed his showing and what he thinks he can bring to teams at the next level.

For Larry Grant, every day is just another chance to prove himself.

The former Buckeye linebacker is one of those players the pre-draft season is made for. The junior college transfer spent his first campaign at OSU trying to distinguish himself in a stacked linebacker group, then spent his senior season as the third linebacker with more ballyhooed prospects Marcus Freeman and James Laurinaitis.

Now, the possible second-day NFL draft pick must show to league scouts that he has what it takes both mentally and physically to play at the next level.

On the latter concern, some people apparently had some concerns after his performance at the late-February NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.

"I spoke to my agent and from what I hear from coaches after talking to them for a while, a lot of people thought I was (playing) pretty high, thought I had stiff hips," he said at OSU's Pro Day Friday at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. "Hopefully today I showed that I didn't, showed that I play lower most of the time."

It wasn't all bad at the combine, though, as the 6-1, 232-pounder finished in the top 10 among linebackers in the broad jump, three-cone drill and 20-yard shuttle according to

Because of those times, Grant performed only in the 40-yard dash and position drills at Pro Day in front of 40-50 NFL scouts. The '07 strong-side linebacker seemed pretty happy afterward.

"I think I did all right for myself," he said. "I helped myself. I know I had a lot of fun."

As for his performance in the 40-yard dash, Grant didn't have an exact number.

"I hear people say I ran between a 4.58 and 4.67," he said. "I'll take the 4.58 any day."

Any time in that range would have placed Grant among the top 10 linebackers at the combine.

On the mental side, the mature Grant would appear to be one player who rates well. As Grant began showing off for scouts following his senior season, the subject of possibly switching to safety has come up, and he repeatedly has said he would be fine with such a move.

Grant is also prepared to play special teams at the next level to help both the team and his prospects of sticking. Should he do so, he could excel, as he blocked six punts his final year in 2005 at the City College of San Francisco and then added a field-goal and punt block in back-to-back games against Washington and Northwestern in 2007 at OSU.

"A lot of teams in the league love players who like to play special teams, and that's what I like to do," he said. "I like to block punts, like to block kicks. I just like to be on special teams, period, so anywhere they want me to play I'm ready to play."

As a junior at OSU in 2006, he made 18 tackles and grabbed an interception in the opening game of the season. As a senior, Grant was fifth on the OSU team with 51 tackles. Five were sacks and 9.5 were for loss, and the Norcross, Ga., native added an interception as well.

Grant is ranked 16th among outside linebackers according to ESPN and 26th according to Scout.

"I just hope I get drafted," he said. "If I make a team I'm pretty sure I can contribute. I just have to make a team."

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