May 10, 2014
NEW ORLEANS - Tulane University star wide receiver Ryan Grant was selected in the fifth round (142nd overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft today by the Washington Redskins.
"This is a wonderful feeling because the entire draft process has been a little overwhelming but I am excited to be a Washington Redskin and I am glad for the opportunity the organization has given me," Grant said. "I had no idea what team might draft me, but we got the call from Washington and I am happy to be a Redskin. It will be great to be on the same team and catch passes from a quarterback like Robert Griffin III."
A 6-1, 191-pound native of Beaumont, Texas, Grant was a four-year letterwinner and two-year starter who started 31 of 47 career games. He 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, third in 100-yard games (12), tied for sixth in touchdown receptions (21) and 10th in yards per reception (14.13 avg.).
During the 2013 campaign, 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.
Grant caught at least one pass in his final 33 games and produced multiple catch outings in his final 18 contests. Along with his 2013 receiving total, he also finished with 1,149 yards in 2012 and became the first Tulane player to record consecutive 1,000-yard seasons since All-American Marc Zeno pulled off the feat three straight times from 1985-87.
Grant participated in the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine and also in the Reese's Senior Bowl Game.
"I could not be happier for Ryan Grant," Tulane head coach Curtis Johnson said. "He is a terrific young man with a solid work ethic and I know he will work hard for the Redskins. Ryan was a do-it-all receiver for us over the last two seasons and played a big part of our success this past year. I looked forward to seeing big things from him as a professional player."
Grant is the first Tulane player taken in the NFL Draft since offensive tackle Troy Kropog, who was selected in the fourth round (135th overall) in 2009 by the Tennessee Titans, and is the first Green Wave wide receiver to be selected in the Draft since Roydell Williams was a fourth-round selection (136th overall) by the Titans in 2005.
The last time the Redskins selected a Tulane player in the draft was in 2002 when the franchise made former TU quarterback Patrick Ramsey a first round selection (32nd overall).
Grant was the first receiver and fifth offensive player selected by Washington in the 2014 Draft, joining a pair of offensive linemen in Morgan Moses (OT; Virginia), Spencer Long (OG; Nebraska), Lache Seastrunk (RB; Baylor) and Ted Bolser (TE; Indiana).
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