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February 24, 2014

Draft's depth could play in Colts' favor

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"I like Reggie Wayne," he said. "He keeps the chains moving. I like (Michael) Crabtree because he runs real smooth routes."

Grant turned some heads during the Senior Bowl with his own route running and his ability to catch the ball with his hands away from his body. In another year, a player with his production and NFL coaching pedigree might be a second- or third-round pick.

But with a record 102 underclassmen saturating this year's class and a wealth of talent at the wide receiver position, Grant is projected to last until the draft's final day. But he has confidence in his ability to play at the next level.

"I went into the Senior Bowl with a chip on my shoulder, and I left with leaving my best out there on the field," he said. "I think it showed for itself."

There are dozens of players with similar stories to Grant, and it will be Grigson's job to sort through them when the Colts finally go on the clock.

The general manager did not dispel the notion of trading up for a player deemed special enough or trading down to acquire more picks.

But he made it clear Indianapolis doesn't have to move around the board.

"I think just good scouting 101, just draft common sense, you would assume there's going to be players in those middle rounds that are going to be heavy with talent that maybe in other drafts you wouldn't have been able to get," he said. "You'd have to take them a couple rounds higher. I'm excited, and I think a lot of other general managers and coaches are excited as well, because I think this is going to be a deep draft class."

 

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