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2018 Rutgers Scarlet Knights prospect primer

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2018 Rutgers Scarlet Knights prospect primer

Below are notable Rutgers prospects eligible for the 2018 NFL Draft. The team has been caught in a downward slide the past three years, culminating with an 0-9 record in Big Ten play last season. New Head Coach Chris Ash hopes his pro spread offense rejuvenates a program that averaged just 15.7 points per game in 2016.

Offense 

Wide Receiver/Kick Returner Janarion Grant – 5100, 178 – Redshirt Senior

A pocket sized dynamo, Grant enters his redshirt season tied for the NCAA record for return touchdowns with eight. His profile as a receiver may not be favorable, but Grant is a player that is going to have a defined role carved out for him on special teams units. Provided he returns 100% from the ankle injury that robbed him of the final eight games of 2016, Grant should be the team’s all purpose leader and give himself an opportunity to land a starting gig on return units in the NFL.

Defense

EDGE Defender Kemoko Turay – 6050, 252 – Redshirt Senior

A breakout freshman, Turay found early success and was recognized as a Freshman All-American. His journey since has been mired by inconsistency and injury. Turay managed only eight games played last year and hardly registered any production at all. Much of his disappointing junior year was on account of dual shoulder surgeries in 2015, but by all accounts the twitched up pass rusher is back to full health and ready to take the next step in his evolution as a player for Rutgers in 2017.

Kyle Crabbs

Kyle Crabbs is the founder/Director of Scouting of NDT Scouting Services, a member of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and the lead NFL Draft analyst for the FanRag Sports Network.

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