The Steelers opened the third and final day of the NFL Draft by again addressing one of their greatest areas of need, cornerback, by selecting Doran Grant, a co-captain from the National Champion Ohio State Buckeyes.
Here are some of the scouting reports on the Akron native who attended the same high school as LeBron James:
From college football blog Land Grant Holy Land:
"Grant's shown he can transform his body, working with Mickey Mariotti to turn his relatively small frame into a lean, mean, tackling machine. That hard work showed at the combine, when Grant posted a second-best bench press, 3rd fasted 40-yard dash (4.44 seconds), and a 4.33 second shuttle drill. At Ohio State's pro-day, Grant logged a 35 1/2 inch vertical.
"A team that drafts Doran Grant gets a hard worker and a leader, an intelligent defensive back who can adjust to the complex routes and schemes used on NFL teams. Grant had the benefit of working within two defensive systems while at Ohio State, which should allow him to more easily pick up an NFL team's playbook. As the only returning secondary starter last year, he helped turn a young defense into a powerhouse."
Ohio State blog 11 Warriors nailed the pick for Pittsburgh:
"Breakdown: Longtime Steeler Ike Taylor announced his retirement earlier this month and corner seems to be Pittsburgh’s No. 1 priority after taking an outside linebacker in the first round. But if Grant is still there in the third or fourth for the Steelers to grab, they might just pull the trigger."
NFL.com’s draft profile:
DRAFT PROJECTION: Round 3
BOTTOM LINE: Boundary corner with press responsibilities in college but might lack the necessary size to play outside and athleticism to star in a primarily man-based scheme in the pros. Grant plays the ball well and is smart, with a willingness to tackle. Could be headed to the slot with a more zone-based defense.
Ohio State bio:
"2014 Season: First Team All-Big Ten ... Voted co-captain by his teammates ... Started all 15 games at cornerback for the National Champion Buckeyes ... Finished second on the team with 5 INTs, good for sixth in the Big Ten; his five INTs totaled 106 return yards (21.2 avg.)"
Not much film on the young man except for this: