Brandon Bryant | Supplemental Draft Prospect

With the 2018 Supplemental Draft set for July 11th we take a look at another entrant in Mississippi State safety Brandon Bryant. We’ll look at Bryant’s background, his traits and where he could be selected in the Supplemental Draft.

Who is Brandon Bryant

After redshirting Brandon Bryant made an immediate impact for the Bulldogs earning 10 starters his redshirt freshman year while becoming a regular starter the next two years. Bryant plays a free safety type role where he utilizes his speed and acceleration both in coverage and coming up to stop the run. The team reports that he’s be clocked at a 4.24 40  yard dash which would be close to breaking John Ross’ combine record, but at his pro day he was clocked at a 4.45 which is still good for a safety. Bryant enters the Supplemental Draft largely due to academic issues and a DUI arrest.

 

Brandon Bryant In Coverage

As a deep safety Bryant often sits back reading the quarterback before reacting to the ball in the air. Whether the ball is thrown underneath or deep Bryant uses his speed to fly to the ball and make a play to create an incompletion. Bryant is a physical hitter and isn’t afraid to come down and lay a hit on a defender to jar the ball loose. But this doesn’t mean that Bryant lacks the ball skills needed to play in the NFL. Bryant is able to get a hand in to jar the ball out or even jump routes and get interceptions including five in his career.

Brandon Bryant vs the Run

The biggest thing that stands out about Brandon Bryant as a run defender is he flies to the ball looking to make a play. Whether he flys up and lays a bit hit or even comes up and is physical at the contact point to hit wrap up and try to drive the defender to the ground. He isn’t afraid to come up into the trenches or make a play in the open field. Bryant doesn’t always drive defenders to the ground and can be a drag down tackler.

 

Brandon Bryant Projection

Brandon Bryant has some starting potential but more or less looks like a player that will be a key backup providing depth at both free and strong safety. That fact that he has above average athletic traits and good play speed helps his cause as he’ll at a minimum should be a good coverage player on special teams. Normally Bryant would warrant a Day 3 projection with a possibility of him going in the 5th round. But with this being the Supplemental Draft and only 14 teams coming to his Pro Day (Sam Beal had all 32) that means he’ll go lower than a normal draft. Bryant still is likely to be claimed, but it’s likely in the 7th round.

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