Austin Bryant the Forgotten Clemson Defensive Lineman

For nearly a decade the Clemson Tigers have been pumping out elite level defensive lineman to the NFL on a regular basis with names like Vic Beasley, Shaq Lawson and Grady Jarrett to name a few. Even this year the Tigers are loaded with talent with Clelin Ferrell getting top 10 attention, Dexter Lawrence starting since his true freshman year and Christian Wilkins being a draft darling for a while. But don’t count the guy who can get lost in the shuffle in Austin Bryant who is looking to make his claim to be a first round prospect.

Get to Know Austin Bryant

Austin Bryant is an essence is a true power defensive end. At 6’5 265lbs Bryant uses his size and length well to set the edge but has the ability to make lateral moves to get off blocks and make plays. Bryant has also shown the ability to anchor in against double teams maintaining his spot to help clog up running lanes. Pair this up with a strong motor and Bryant has all the tools of a good run defender.

As a pass rusher Bryant isn’t going to be a bendy defensive end beating offensive tackles around the corner, but that doesn’t mean he can’t get after the quarterback. Instead Bryant is more of a power rusher who uses leverage and quick lateral agility to beat offensive tackles. Bryant can also be used on the move as a part of looping and stunts where he can move laterally before accelerating up field to attack the quarterback.

The Best Fit for Austin Bryant

Based on his size and lack of bendiness you would assume that Bryant fits only within a four man front as a base defensive end lining up on the strong side taking on both tight ends and offensive tackles. And while that is likely his best fit because of his strength against the run, Bryant isn’t pigeon holed there. Bryant has experience standing up and even dropping into coverage and a team that runs an odd based front as an outside linebacker who primarily works around the line of scrimmage.

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