The Miami Dolphins took their second straight WR in a row by drafting Jakeem Grant, the draft's fastest player out of Texas Tech. Grant dropped all the way to the sixth round despite his electric tape and speed because of his size. Grant was definitely one of the draft's smallest players, listed as 5-foot-6, 165 pounds. That being said, Grant assured his doubters that his size doesn't matter.
After all, it is speed, not size, that kills. And that is exactly what Grant will use as he tries to make the Dolphins final roster. Special teams coach Darren Rizi has already been reported saying that Grant will manage punt and kick return duties on special teams, an area where Grant thrived in at Tech, where he totaled 4 return touchdowns in his career, including 2 his senior season.
Grant will immediately impact this team both on special teams and as the team's projected fifth wide receiver, a role I think he will grow into over time and has receivers leave this team. Despite his size, he is an absolute nightmare in space, making multiple defenders miss before finally being dragged down.
Need proof of Grant's unique skill set? Check them out here. You won't doubt his size anymore.
Selecting Grant left more than a few Dolphins fans confused, but the selection makes perfect sense considering that new HC Adam Gase loves mis-matches and loves speed. Grant could be used anywhere on the field. including in the slot, outside, and in the backfield.
His versatility was too good to pass up on, especially considering his value in the sixth round.
For that, we give him a good grade.
FINAL DRAFT GRADE: B+