Miami's Jakeem Grant aims to follow path of Darren Sproles, Tavon Austin

Jakeem Grant will attempt to make an impact for the Dolphins as a return man. Michael C. Johnson/USA TODAY Sports

DAVIE, Fla. -- The height jokes have already began within the Miami Dolphins' training facility for rookie receiver Jakeem Grant.

“[Vice president] Mike [Tannenbaum], to his credit, he was all over this guy,” Dolphins general manager Chris Grier said. “I mean, I was busting his chops the whole time going, ‘Hey, this guy could fit under the table in the draft room here.’”

Tannenbaum responded, “Every time that Chris reminded me how tall [Grant] was, we made his speed a little bit faster.”

The Dolphins were high on Grant during the pre-draft process. The 5-foot-5 return specialist from Texas Tech was brought to Miami for a visit this offseason, and the team eventually took him in the sixth round.

Speed is Grant's biggest asset. He was clocked at 4.3 seconds by the Dolphins in the 40-yard dash, but Grant believes he is even faster.

“A lot of teams clocked me at 4.1,” Grant explained. “They said a 4.3 would have been labor time, or whatever that is. I definitely feel like a 4.3 is definitely not my speed.”

Grant’s best chance to make Miami's 53-man roster is on special teams. The Dolphins have a void at kick and punt returner. Last year, receiver Jarvis Landry was their best option. However, Landry, who caught 110 passes in 2015, has bigger responsibilities as one of the primary targets on offense.

If Grant develops into a quality replacement for Landry returning kicks and punts this year, the Dolphins would view that as a late-round success. Grant compares his game to Darren Sproles and Tavon Austin, two diminutive players who find ways to make an impact on games.

Meanwhile, Grant takes the size jokes in stride and embraces the challenge.

"They had me at 5-5 ¾, but I always tell people that I’m 5-6 ½ because you never going anywhere without shoes on,” Grant said laughing. “You never see me playing a game in my bare feet. So I always tell people I’m 5-7 because you never know how tall I am once I step on the field.”