Jakeem Grant; Packers should add this special playmaker in mold of Hester, Sproles, Holliday
From Brian E Murphy, Packers Insider senior editor
~I have made the case for months now that the Packers are stacked at wide receiver, and that there’s no room for James Jones, whom I love and adore.
Even without him coming back, the Packers will return:
- Jordy Nelson
- Randall Cobb
- Ty Montgomery
- Jeff Janis
- Jared Abbrederis
- Davante Adams
Now, there are questions among them. First and foremost, how will Jordy be coming off the nightmare ACL tear. Are there any other premiere WR’s who have had ACL tears? Antonio Brown? Dez Bryant? Demaryius Thomas? Julio Jones? A.J. Green? Odell Beckham? Calvin Johnson (retired)?
It’s no surprise that of all these superstar NFL WR’s, it had to be our guy who blew the ACL.
Who had the fluke neck injury that ended his career in 1994, and not 1999? Sterling Sharpe or Michael Irvin? Of course, it was Sterling.
Who tore an ACL in 1996, Michael Irvin or Robert Brooks? Of course, it was Brooks. All these bad breaks has shaped destiny. And dynasties.
Back to now. Questions remain what Jordy will be like. There are questions about Janis and if the team will actually give him a fair shot, finally.
Montgomery had drops at Stanford, and he had a bad drop last year on a deep ball. He did well as a rookie. But he averaged less than 10 yards a reception. Abbrederis is no burner. Neither is Cobb. The team lacks speed. They lack speed at WR, TE, and RB. There’s no breakaway back. The tight ends can’t run past any linebackers or safeties.
Lacy is no threat as a receiver. James Starks runs clumsy routes, and he fumbles more than he runs away from people. I love John Crockett. But he’s also not a burner, not a quick electric player.
Does anyone remember Devin Hester? How about Darren Sproles? Does anyone remember Trindon Holliday, all 5′ 7″ of him, taking kicks back for touchdowns for LSU, then Houston and Denver? I sure do.
Enter Jakeem Grant, Texas Tech.
CBS Sports Draft headquarters has Grant rated as their 141st rated wide receiver. They only list the first 42 wide receivers as draftable, and those last guys from 40-42 they list as 7th Rd/UDFA types.
Grant appears 100 receivers later, 141 overall.
He’s their 959th rated player overall. There are less than 300 players drafted.
It appears safe to say that he could be had with a 7th round pick, maybe 6th round to be safe. You never know.
Is it because he’s not tough? Nope. He’s strong.
Does he have bad hands? Nope. He has great hands.
Is it because he played at a tiny college in a small conference, like Jeff Janis? Nope. He played in the Big Twelve.
Is it because he doesn’t have good film? Nope. See below.
Is it because he’s a thug, has questionable character? Nope, he’s clean.
Is it because he doesn’t have good production? Negative, ghost rider.
It’s because he’s small. That’s it. Nothing more.
But let me ask you this: For a kick or punt returner, what’s the disadvantage if a guy is smaller, if he has great moves, speed and quickness? None. I think it’s an advantage, not disadvantage. He will break ankles.
Yes, as a receiver running routes, it’s easier to hit a 6′ 3″ receiver than a 5′ 6″ little guy. That’s almost a foot difference for a target.
Yet Darren Sproles has been a very effective little guy, as mostly a return guy but also a receiver out of the backfield, in the slot, and occasionally as a running back.
I don’t think the Packers need a receiver. And I don’t think this electric dynamo would be counted on at all as a receiver, this season.
But if Adams struggles again as badly as he did last season, now in his third year, you have to be done with him.
Questions remain about Nelson, but pray that he’s back at least close to his 2014 form.
I personally love Janis, but have little faith that the QB and head coach love him. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him get the shaft again and ignored.
We don’t know what we’re going to see from Abbrederis.
So perhaps next year, we could start to incorporate Jakeem the Dream into the offense a little more.
Or if things go bad, injuries, this year, he could add a spark. The Vikings had a small rookie wide receiver last year who did pretty good.
VIDEO 3, in his words
You will be seeing Grant in my next mock, coming soon. I think he’d look great transferring that #11 jersey from red & black into green & yellow.
Here are some comments from college football fans, on Grant:
Griffin Wood –2 months ago
This guy could be the biggest steal in the draft this year if whatever team he gets drafted by finds a way how to use him.
+Griffin Wood –Agreed. Teams will be concerned about his lack of size, but he’s a very talented player. I’m also a Steelers fan and he looks much tougher than Dri Archer. Archer depended on outrunning defenses in college. Grant can actually make defenders miss.
Griffin Wood -2 months ago
+JustBombsProductions –I don’t blame the Steelers for releasing Archer after realizing how bad the numbers he made were. But after watching tape of Grant, I see a young Darren Sproles. Despite Grant being a much better strider than Darren, they both look and play very Identically too me.
david hughes -1 month ago
+Griffin Wood –Bro.. Im a Steelers fan but I also go to Texas Tech, and the “small” school comment kinda irked me haha. EVERY game is full with 65,000 fans, and the school itself has 30-35,000 students. So TTU is by no means a “small” school haha
Jai Rogers -1 month ago
+JustBombsProductions this is very true. jakeem trucked a db, bounces off of people, has great vision, hunger for the ball, can create on his own in open space, great burst, fast, nice hands, can run between tackles.
Armed Society -3 days ago
Jakeem ran a 4.12 electronic on Texas Tech pro day. That’s faster than the NFL combine record. I’d say that means Jakeem’s speed is there. Also, he has box jumped 6’1″, which is 6 inches taller than himself at 5’7″.
Hector Ayala -1 month ago (edited)
Jakeem was a powerlifter. Don’t be fooled by his size, he is very strong. There are some great plays with him as a blocker, pushing back safeties.
Hi, I give out L’s -2 days ago
Will be Darren Sproles of WR position. Wherever he goes, he’ll be a steal for that team. And he is really strong too. 15 reps of 225 lbs. more than most TE and some LBs in the draft
MIchael C -2 days ago
This guy reminds me of Dante Hall…
He’d look good in a Dolphins Jersey
Vincent Haney -3 hours ago
he cold got them Berry Sanders feet.
FlyingTacoMobile -3 weeks ago
it’s been a pleasure watching jakeem play at tech and I know when he makes a team in the NFL that team will not be disappointed.
Joseph Pineda -20 hours ago
Bears pick him up ! We’re in need of playmakers and fresh legs back there on kick and punt returns !
Bear Down !
Caleb Riley -6 days ago
It was so awesome sitting next to him in class and meeting him his last semester. Great man on and off the field.