Grant picked by Redskins in fifth round

Oliver Grigg

The Washington Redskins selected former Tulane wide receiver Ryan Grant in the fifth round, No. 142 overall of the 2014 NFL Draft May 10.

Grant, the first Tulane player taken in the NFL Draft since offensive tackle Troy Kropog who was selected in the fourth round, No. 135 overall in 2009 by the Tennessee Titans, started 31 of 47 career games and completed his career with 196 receptions for 2,769 yards and 21 touchdowns.

Grant finished No. 5 with most career receptions in school history, No. 5 in career receiving yards with 2,769, No. 3 in 100-yard games with 12, and tied for No. 6 in touchdown receptions with 21 and No. 10 in yards per reception with 14.13 avg.

“[Grant] is a terrific young man with a solid work ethic and I know he will work hard for the Redskins,” head coach 

Curtis Johnson

 said. “Grant was a do-it-all receiver for us over the last two seasons and played a big part of our success this past year. I look forward to seeing big things from him as a professional player.”

Six other Green Wave football players, including

kicker Cairo Santos, running back Orleans Darkwa and cornerback Jordan Sullen,

signed with NFL teams as undrafted free agents following the draft.

Santos signed with the Kansas City Chiefs, Darkwa with the Miami Dolphins and Sullen with the Denver Broncos.

Santos, the 2012 Lou Groza Award winner, was a first team All-Conference USA and All-Louisiana selection during the 2013-14 season and also a semifinalist for the 2013 Lou Groza Award. Santos connected on 16-of-23 field goal attempts and all 38 of his PAT attempts for a team-best 86 points. Santos owned the No. 2 longest streak for made field goals in NCAA history with 26.

Darkwa concluded his Tulane career as the 2013 R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl Most Valuable Player after rushing for a New Orleans Bowl record 3 touchdowns. Darkwa started all 13 games at running back in 2013, rushed for 12 touchdowns and earned honorable-mention All-Conference USA recognition. Darkwa completed his Tulane career tied for No. 1 in rushing touchdowns with 39, No. 4 in rushing yards with 2,953, No. 8 in rushing yards per game with 64.19 and No. 5 in points scored with 236.

Sullen started all 13 games at cornerback in 2013 and ranked No. 2 on the team in pass break-ups and passes defensed, tied for No. 2 in interceptions with 3 and tied for No. 7 with 44.

Defensive tackle Julius Warmsley, cornerback Derrick Strozier and defensive tackle Chris Davenport also signed

as undrafted free agents following the draft. The former standouts signed with

the Houston Texans, the New Orleans Saints and the Redskins, respectively.

Warmsley, named to the 2013-14 C-USA and All-Louisiana first team, recorded 46 tackles, 18.5 stops for lost yardage and 6.0 sacks. Strozier ranked No. 15 nationally in passes defended with 1.3 per game, and ranked No. 2 on the team in interceptions and No. 5 in tackles with 50.

Davenport, who transferred to Tulane from LSU prior to the 2013 season, was a force on the Green Wave’s defensive line. Davenport logged 20 tackles, including 4.5 stops for lost yardage and 1.5 sacks, and his performance earned him honorable mention All C-USA honors.


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