Until the Packers deem the timing right to draft an every-down back, they will keep hammering away with Grant on inside zone and outside zone runs. Unless rookie James Starks proves to be a revelation, they will go with Grant until he drops on early downs and plug in Brandon Jackson on passing downs.
"I like Grant, but he's containable," one scout said. "Let's just say there's some yards he leaves on the field. I think he's solid. I just don't think you have to defend him in the passing game that much."
Given his workload, Grant has and should rank well up among the NFL rushing leaders. Last year, he ranked sixth among NFL backs in percentage of his team's carries at 64.4% after receiving even more of the rushing load (71.4%) in 2008.
Ryan Grant sits at 9th in the current 4for4.com RB rankings, but lacks the upside of the RBs on either side of him in the rankings. Grant is about as safe a play as they come at the RB position, with his draft stock where it is because of health, consistency, a good system, and a good workload. Backs like Ryan Mathews, Shonn Greene, Michael Turner, and DeAngelo Williams all have more upside than Ryan Grant, but come with more risk.