Played 9 games with a fractured hand in 2019
@ ND, @ USF, @ Alabama (N)
Good size. Plays withs a quick and balanced lower body near the LOS, aiding in his ability to disrupt WRs in their route stems. Plays with top notch ball skills, as he was credited with 45 PD and 10 INT in his collegiate career. He Is a solid run defender, who is slippery around blockers and physical and dependable when around ball carriers.
An average athlete across the board, long speed, explosiveness, and recovery speed are all a concern. Agressive playstyle leads to regrettable decisions with his hips by commiting ti early. Doesn't play in the slot or on ST, which is where I believe he will need to make an impact at the next level due to his strengths.
Bryant projects best to me as a nickel CB who plays more in a zone scheme where he is respomsible for more underneath zones. His lack of long speed and length won't do him any favors on the boundary in the NFL. His tackling, ability in coverage near the LOS, and ability when able to get eyes on the QB lead me to believe he can play this role even though he didn't line up in the slot in college much. He can move outside since that's where his college experience is.
Has a solid frame and build for the position. No special athletic traits. Has decent foot quickness off the line of scrimmage and good balance in his pedal. Play strength is marginal in phase, but his play strength bests manifests at the catch point. Decent, but not great speed and agility likely limits his ceiling in the league.
Big Play Ability
Mirrors receivers well off the line of scrimmage, and stays disciplined to stay hugging their hip though he was responisble for the field side in the defense while his teammate played exvilisvely boundary side. His ability in zone coverage isn't bad by any means, it just takes away his best attribute which is affect the receiver off of the line. Hand fighting is suffiecient in the vertical plane of the field.
A massive strength of his. He has been a catalyst for turnovers in his career, with 10 INTs and 5 more forced fumbles in his time at UC. he also has really good ball production over his career. averaging almost 1 pass defense a start during his college career.
One of, if not the most willing tackler in this CB class. He has no issue getting into the mix, and has really good form when tackling.
Engage with Blockers
Is agressive in his approach to offensive players, whether that be battling at releases, handfighting, or tackling. Motor stays on, it only dies when the WR doesn't sell a route on a run away from him, which I won't ding.
He is really disciplined with his eyes in both man and zone, which helps him diagnose routes when in off coverage. Played exclusively field CB in the UC defense, I project him to the slot at the next level but he has minimal reps in that role.