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2015 NFL Draft Grades: Grading the Pittsburgh Steelers selection of Doran Grant

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Grading the Steelers fourth round draft choice, Ohio State cornerback Doran Grant.

Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

Improving the secondary was a known focus for the Steelers heading into the 2015 NFL Draft.

The Steelers drafted cornerback Senquez Golson Friday night in the second round, and on Saturday selected Ohio State senior cornerback Doran Grant in the third round with the 121st overall pick.

ESPN draft experts Mike Kiper and Todd McShay verbally approved of the Steelers' pick of Doran, with McShay specifically saying that Grant is a good run stopper and someone Pittsburgh can expect to play in the slot. McShay also said that he wouldn't be surprised if Doran also sees time as a safety given his athleticism versatility.

There's a lot to like about Grant, who heads to the Steelers fresh off of winning a national championship with Ohio State. Listed at 5'11'' and 193 pounds on Ohio State's athletic website, Grant plays bigger than his listed size. He was among the more physical defensive backs in college football last season, and was lauded in his bio on NFL.com for his cagey ability to read screen passes and for his overall football intelligence.

Grant became a play-making cornerback during his senior season at Ohio State, picking off five passes and breaking up nine more. He's a durable athlete, having started in all 15 of the Buckeys games last season and never missing a game in his four years at OSU.

An active run-stopper, Grant is a solid tackler and someone that looks for contact. He is also someone that is always seeking to cause turnovers, and could often be seen in college ripping and slapping at the arms of ballplayers to try to pry the ball loose.

While he has some limitations, McShay said that the things Grant improve on are "all very coachable." There are questions regarding his ability to play on the outside outside, and can be overpowered by big receivers. There were also questions regarding his footwork, which was characterized as being clunky when asked to open and run out of the press. NFL Network's bio of Grant also stated that Grant must improve feel and contact with receivers, especially on crossing routes.

Overall, the addition of Grant gives the Steelers another versatile option in their secondary. Specifically, Grant gives the Steelers a physical presence in the defensive backfield.

BTSC Grade: B+