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Superdome secret; Ryan Grant

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One of the reasons Tulane became a winning program under former Saints wide receivers coach Curtis Johnson is wide out Ryan Grant. Grant was first team all Conference-USA as both a junior and senior and is projected as a middle round pick in a very deep draft for receivers.

Grant has done a great deal to help himself with scouts since the season ended at the senior bowl and combine.  He's been able to show them more than a mediocre forty time of 4.64.  "I think scouts know I can catch the ball really well and run precise routes," says Grant. "But I'm not sure they know I can make plays with the ball in my hand. It's one of the doubts they have about my speed also. I'll show them that I can run and make plays after the catch. I think it'll change their minds."

Grant is slowly changing scouts minds, but the top of the wide receiver crop in this draft could make grant a real steal later.  "It's a childhood dream I've always wanted to accomplish and live out and now that I'm almost there I have to take my mind and my work ethic and do it out there on the field."  Grant is anxious for his chance.  "What I'm looking forward to most is being in the atmosphere of an NFL game and learning from the veterans."

Grant has been watching veterans and modeling his game after a couple.  "Victor Cruz and Michael Crabtree. Crabtree runs good routes and catches the ball well and Victor Cruz makes guys miss after the catch. I try to implement my game as if I'm them."  But Grant says we are not going to see a salsa dance when he gets in to the end zone.  But then he might do one privately once his name gets called in the draft.

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