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NFL Draft: Washington adds WR Ryan Grant in fifth round

Ryan Grant, Darnell Walker Tulane’s Ryan Grant gets up after catching a touchdown pass against Tulsa’a Darnell Walker in an Oct. 2013 game. (Bill Haber/Associated Press)

The Redskins used the 142nd pick of the draft to select wide receiver Ryan Grant out of Tulane.

Grant doesn’t boast impressive size (6 feet, 199 pounds) or blazing speed (4.62 40-yard dash). But he is coming off two prolific seasons with the Green Wave, recording 77 catches for 1,039 yards and nine touchdowns in 2013 and 76 catches for 1,149 yards and six touchdowns in 2012.

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Grant had an impressive week at the Senior Bowl and displayed good route-running skills and good hands.

“My game, I’m consistent with it, man,” Grant said. “I’m a great route-runner, I’ve got great hands, quick in and out of my breaks and when the ball is in the air, I’m going to go out and contest the [cornerback] to get the ball.”

Grant said he still has work to do, however.

“I need to get stronger. I need to get stronger, need to work on running after the catch, just become a better player overall,” Grant said.

Washington already has Pierre Garcon, DeSean Jackson, Andre Roberts, Aldrick Robinson, Leonard Hankerson and David Gettis in the mix at wide receiver. But only Hankerson and Gettis stand taller than 6 feet, and Hankerson is coming off of surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

“I’m going to get behind those guys and watch those guys and follow them, and I’m just going to follow them and play my role,” Grant said.

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Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.
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