Hunter Bryant was a highly regarded recruit coming to Washington and was able to make an early impact flashing his ability as a playmaker and earning a spot on the Freshman All American team but missed the last three games because of a knee injury. Bryant then had a set back and needed surgery in June prior to his sophomore year limiting him to only five games last season. Now back to full strength and another year removed from injury Bryant is healthy and finally really to breakout. Here we’ll look at Hunter Bryant traits and what his NFL Draft outlook could be as he enters his junior season.
What Byrant Does Well
At his best Bryant uses his athletic ability to get open and make plays. A bit undersized Bryant is a smooth athlete whose able to make quick cuts and then accelerate to get by defenders and create separation. From there Bryant shows the body control and leaping ability that allow him to go up and high point the ball and win in contested catches. Being in the slot he’s able to be used in mismatched situations giving their quarterback a true weapon.
Size and strength tend to be the biggest concerns for Bryant. 6’2 isn’t tiny but it’s still below average for tight ends. However Bryant is able to make up for his height with good vertical leaping ability to go along with speed and acceleration. The bigger concern is he doesn’t play to his 240lb weight often times getting pushed around when trying to block. Whether it is coming across the formation or even cracking down from the slot he ends up getting knocked back struggling to lock into the defender. Bryant’s best hope is to just get in the defenders way enough to slow them down. Even out in the slot when asked to block defensive backs he struggles to engage with them consistently and often lets blocks slip.
Hunter Bryant NFL Draft Outlook
2019 is a huge year for Hunter Bryant who is looking to play his first full season after a knee injury caused him to miss parts of two seasons. The 2019 season should also help as the Huskies actually have a NFL caliber quarterback on the roster that doesn’t make Bryant have to consistently adjust to poorly thrown balls. It will be interesting to see how Bryant is used and whether he can continue to develop as a route runner and improve his overall strength. With continued development it’s not out of the question for Bryant to be considered a high second route pick.