With the NFL Draft less than three months away and the NFL Scouting Combine just two weeks away, NFL teams have been busy contacting players and their agents to learn more about them. And Ohio Statelinebacker Larry Grant has been getting his fair share of interest from some very good NFL teams, including the two most recent Super Bowl Champions.
During my recent interview with the 6-foot-1, 234-pound linebacker, he told me he had just received a questionnaire from the Green Bay Packers and that he's also talked to the Carolina Panthers and the New York Giants in recent weeks.
Grant played in the Hula Bowl in January and talked with representatives from the Indianapolis Colts, Baltimore Ravens, Miami Dolphins and Jacksonville Jaguars while in Hawaii. He's also drawn interest from the San Francisco 49ers in recent weeks.
Larry Grant talks to the media prior to the BCS Championship game.
(AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)
One of the really interesting stories of this year's draft, Grant started his collegiate football career at City College, a junior college in San Francisco. He was named JUCO Player of the Year in 2005, excelling not only on defense, but also on special teams. He blocked six punts that season.
During his senior campaign with the Buckeyes, the Big Ten All-Academic linebacker — who has playing experience at all three linebacker positions — made 51 tackles (43 solo), 9.5 tackles for a loss, grabbed an interception, blocked a field goal and blocked a punt. Grant's standout performances on special teams and his speed will be a huge draw for NFL teams, who count on their rookies to make an impact on special teams while they adjust to the NFL game.
He's also bound to impress NFL team officials who give him an interview opportunity at the Combine with his friendly and well-grounded nature. And he'll be a positive influence in any NFL locker room.
"I'm a humble person, and my family and my teammates know that I'm a humorous guy who doesn't make any enemies," he said. "I'm someone that others on the team will love to be around."
You can learn more about Larry Grant by reading the NFL Draft Q&A feature that will be published this week across our network of NFL team sites and at our Ohio State team site.