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Ohio State Defensive Back Doran Grant Joins Steelers In Round Four

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The Pittsburgh Steelers stayed on track in the fourth round by targeting a second defensive back in Ohio State’s Doran Grant.  Selected number 121 overall in the 2015 NFL Draft, Grant is a physical defender that spent time in the Big Ten against receivers that were NFL-quality.

During the 2014 season with the Buckeyes, Grant was voted co-captain and started all 15 games at cornerback.  Although listed as a defensive back, the Steelers have indicated at this time that they are likely to utilize him at the cornerback position and not safety.  The Buckeyes won a National Championship with Grant finished second on the team with five interceptions – ranking him at sixth in the Big Ten.  A First-Team All-Big Ten player, Coates recorded three interceptions and 28 tackles against five ranked opponents.

While playing for coach Dan Boarman at Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary, Grant was a receiver, cornerback and kick returner an two-time all-state honoree for the Irish.  Grant was named to the Under Armour All-American game and also lettered in basketball in high school.  Proving to be a great all-around athlete, Grant also played hockey.

NFL insiders and scouts view Grant as a physical defender that can wrap-up and put a solid hit on receivers.

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  1. DrGeorge

    May 2, 2015 at 2:38 pm

    Grant played on the National Championship team against receivers from the Big Ten, Alabama, and Oregon, and prevailed. Like all players, he has issues; in his case, it is a lack of make-up speed. But his basketball training gives him a ball-hawking knack that is difficult to coach, and like any good hockey player, he is physical. The Steelers may pencil him in at CB, where he can learn the system behind Gay and Blake, but my instincts tell me this guy will ultimately gravitate to Safety. I hope he is fast enough for the NFL and works out as projected; we need a guy with his talents.

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