Scouting Report: Janarion Grant, KR/WR, Rutgers

Trilby, FL | 5094 | 178 | 4.48E | 2018

Speedy dynamo who is extremely dangerous in the open field and has eight career special team returns for touchdown (kick return/punt return). Used on end arounds, reverses and bubble screens. Has struggled from inconsistent/poor quarterback play but remains an elusive open-field runner post-surgery. He suffered a broken ankle early in 2016, granting him an additional fifth year of eligibility due to a medical redshirt. Has made significant improvement every season and stands a strong chance of being selected in the upcoming 2018 NFL Draft based on his special return abilities.


2016 (Senior): Started first four games at wide receiver before suffering a season-ending injury … averaged 163.75 all-purpose yards per game … totaled 20 receptions and 16 rushing attempts … responsible for six touchdowns (three rushing, one kickoff return, one punt return, one passing) … one of three players in the Big Ten with a kickoff return touchdown on the season … also added a punt return score for eighth career combined kick return, tied for most in NCAA history.

2015 (Junior): Appeared in all 12 games as a wide receiver and kick returner … named Second Team All-Big Ten by the media, Third Team All-Big Ten by the coaches and First Team All-Big Ten by Phil Steele as a return specialist … finished second in the Big Ten with 1,583 all-purpose yards (984 kick returns, 352 receiving, 167 punt returns, 80 rushing) … total ranked sixth-most in a season in the school record books … averaged 131.92 yards per game to rank No. 20 nationally … recorded a school-record 984 kickoff return yards, also tops in the conference.

2014 (Sophomore): Played in all 13 games as primary kick and punt returner, also seeing expanded opportunities at wide receiver with four starts … second in single-season school history with 910 kick return yards, 38 short of the record.

2013 (Freshman): Appeared in all 13 games as a true freshman … led RU with 517 kick return yards and 156 punt return yards, scoring a touchdown each way.

Prior to Rutgers: All-purpose standout for head coach Tom McHugh at Pasco … missed the first six games of his senior season with a broken hand, but still managed to score 20 total touchdowns in seven games played … Class 5A First Team All-State selection on offense … racked up 591 yards rushing, 168 yards receiving, 104 total yards on interception returns … scored five touchdowns against Fivay as a senior (two rushing, one passing, one receiving and a 50-yard interception return for a score) … helped guide the Pirates to a combined 25-2 record over the last two seasons, including a trip to the 5A state final four in 2011 and a regional final appearance in 2012 … set a Pasco County record with 77 career touchdowns … lined up at quarterback, running back, wide receiver, punt/kickoff return and defensive back.

Personal: A criminal justice major.

Author: Rick Serritella

Established in 2002, NFL Draft Bible Founder Ric Serritella began his independent scouting service as a publication used by all 32 NFL teams. Eventually, it would evolve into an online scouting resource that reaches millions of people each month. An early adaptor to technology, the NFL Draft Bible produced the first ever livestream video show and live podcast on location from the NFL Draft. The NFL Draft Bible network extends to professional football leagues all over the world and includes general managers, executives, scouts, coaches, agents, trainers, advisors, along with other media outlets and draftniks. In addition to owning the NFL Draft Bible, Serritella has also served as executive producer of the T.Ocho Show (2010) on NBC Sports, producer for The Mike & The Mad Dog Show (2002) on YES Network, producer for NFL Now with Mike Francesa, one of the only nationally syndicated NFL shows at that time (2003), producer on ESPN Hollywoood (2005) and helped start up the Wall Street Journal YouTube channel (2007). He has interviewed the likes of Donald Trump, Roger Goodell, Archie Manning, Shaquille O'Neal, Allen Iverson, Danica Patrick, Venus Williams, Howard Stern, Don King, Jay-Z, Madonna, Bon Jovi and hundreds of other celebrities/athletes. Other involvements include helping build the fiber-optic system for MLB Network during his time as manager at HTN Communications, writing for USA TODAY, working for CBS and AEG Live. Since 2015, he has served as the Director of Media for the Parabolic Performance NFL Draft Prep program. In 2017, Serritella served as the Director of Player Personnel for the College Gridiron Showcase & Symposium. A graduate of Johnson & Wales University (JWU) in Providence, RI, Serritella earned a B.A. in Sports Entertainment & Event Management and was honored with the Inaugural Sports Entertainment & Event Management Success Board Achievement Award by the school in 2009. While attending JWU, he interned for the New England Patriots and ESPN X-Games. A proud member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America, Serritella currently resides in his home state of New Jersey.

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