Feb. 20, 2014
NEW ORLEANS - Former Tulane football standouts Ryan Grant and Cairo Santos will each take center stage this weekend and look to improve their draft stock at the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine, Feb. 22-25, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind. The four-day combine will be televised live on NFL Network and online at NFL.com.
Live coverage of on-field workouts begins Saturday, February 22, with the offensive linemen, tight ends and kickers (Santos), and continues with the running backs, quarterbacks and wide receivers (Grant) on Sunday, February 23, linebackers and defensive linemen on Monday, February 24, and defensive backs on Tuesday, February 25. Coverage of workouts begins each day at 8 a.m. CST.
Grant and Santos will join more than 300 of the top collegiate football prospects at Lucas Oil Stadium and spend four days under the evaluation of the NFL's top executives, coaching staffs, player personnel departments and medical personnel from all 32 teams in preparation for the upcoming 2014 NFL Draft. The event is closed to the general public and participants may attend by invitation only.
The 2014 NFL Draft will take place May 8-10 at Radio Music Hall in New York, N.Y., and will be broadcast live on ESPN and the NFL Network.
A native of Beaumont, Texas, Grant started 31 of 47 career games and completed his career with 196 receptions for 2,769 yards (14.13 avg.) and 21 touchdowns. In the Tulane career record book, he finished in fifth-place all alone with most career receptions in school history, fifth in career receiving yards with 2,769, moved to third in 100-yard games (12), tied for sixth in touchdown receptions (21) and tenth in yards per reception (14.13 avg.).
This past season, he started 12 of 13 contests and earned Conference USA first team honors for the second straight season after leading the team in receptions (77), receiving yards (1,039), receiving touchdowns (9), all-purpose yards (1,039) and he ranked third on the team in points (54). He logged three 100-plus yards receiving games and finished with a career-best 14 receptions for 187 yards and added two touchdowns in the season opener against Jackson State.
Santos, who hails from Brasilia, Brazil and prepped at St. Augustine's (Fla.) St. Joseph's Academy, was a first team All-Conference USA and All-Louisiana selection during his final season and was also a semifinalist for the 2013 Lou Groza Award and a candidate for the Wuerffel Award. He was twice named the C-USA Special Teams Player of the Week (11/25; 10/14) and was named the Lou Groza Star of the Week and College Football Performance Award National Placekicker of the Week on Oct. 14.
This past season, he knocked down 16-of-23 field goal attempts and all 38 of his PAT attempts for a team-best 86 points. He notched two game-winners (North Texas, East Carolina) and tied for the longest field goal in the nation this season with a 56-yarder at ULM. Santos also tied the school single game record with five field goals against the Pirates.
Santos owned the second longest streak for made field goals in NCAA history with 26. He also handled kickoff duties and has sent 47 of 62 attempts into the back of the end zone and only allowed 13 returns this season.
2014 NFL Combine workout schedule:
-Saturday, Feb. 22: Tight ends, offensive linemen, special teams
-Sunday, Feb. 23: Quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers
-Monday, Feb. 24: Defensive linemen, linebackers
-Tuesday, Feb. 25: Defensive backs