Day 3 of the 2015 NFL Draft saw the Pittsburgh Steelers draft Doran Grant cornerback out of Ohio State. With the addition of Senquez Golson in the 2nd round, Doran Grant marks the second cornerback taken by the Steelers in this draft.
OSU is becoming a popular source of Steelers draftees, as indicated by Pittsburgh Post Gazette writer Ed Bouchette:
Doran Grant makes it 5 of past 6 years Steelers have drafted an Ohio State player.
— Ed Bouchette (@EdBouchette) May 2, 2015
Like fellow cornerback Senquez Golson, Doran Grant made Steel City Insider Jim Wexell’s list of “ass kickers” who remained available to the Steelers after they drafted Bud Dupree in the first round. Wexell described Grant as “durable, a team captain, can support the run and went through the rigors of a national championship run.”
At 5’10” grant remains on the short side for a typical Steelers cornerback, but he does possess 4.44 speed and was ranked by Scout.com as the 13th best cornerback in the draft and 102nd best player overall. In fact, Jim Wexell was some what prophetic in his draft predictions suggesting:
My favorite CB today is Senquez Golson. Realistically, I'll predict Doran Grant as the pick.
— James C Wexell (@jimwexell) May 1, 2015
The Steelers of course drafted both men.
Video Highlights of Doran Grant
I guess agents don’t go all out to put together YouTube video highlight packages of defensive players the way the do for offensive stars. Nonetheless, the magic of YouTube gives us this on Doran Grant from OSU’s 2014 matchup vs. Cincinnati.
The film shows an aggressive corner who can both cover down field and make plays closer to the line of scrimmage, which is something the Steelers need.
How Doran Grant Fits into Steelers Secondary
This is the Steelers second draft double dip at cornerback since they famously took Rod Woodson and Delton Hall in the first and second rounds of the 1987 NFL Draft. The last time the did a draft double dip at cornerback was in the 2011 NFL Draft when they took Curtis Brown in the third round and Cortez Allen in the fourth round.
- Doran Grant looks to provide immediate depth at cornerback, and will have a chance to push for a slot in the team’s dime or perhaps even nickel defense.
He also might bring some additional position flexibility to the Steelers secondary.
Asked Carnell Lake if Doran Grant could project at all at safety: "It's interesting you say that. I have that in my notes on him."
— Chris Adamski (@C_AdamskiTrib) May 2, 2015
Steelers secondary coach Carnell Lake described Doran Grant as a solid physical cornerback with decent speed, and reminded reporters that Grant played as a true freshman, and then each year thereafter. When asked if the Steelers drafting 2 cornerbacks who are both shorter than 6’ tall, Carnell Lake denied any change in franchise philosophy, admitting that this was as much a case of availability.
Welcome to Steelers Nation Doran Grant.