Big Kat Bryant
@Memphis (2021), vs. Boise State (2021), vs. Cincinnati (2021)
Versatile speed rusher that knows how to use his hands at a quick rate to grant him success when rushing the passer. Was able to mix in some very effective rip, swim, chop, and speed moves. Does have some explosiveness and will be aggressive on the field. Does have the natural talent and ability to drop back into coverage if asked to do so. Does have some effective speed, agility, and range for a edge rusher of his size to run a ball carrier down.
Being able to be discipline and not attacking with too much aggressiveness against the run is an area of weakness that would allow big plays to open up. Not a defender that will stack up a lot of double team blocks and shed the with brute power. Is not the most flexible rusher and having a consistent motor all around the field needs to be developed.
Big Kat Bryant is a 6’5” edge rusher coming out of UCF at the size of 245-pounds. This is an edge rusher that would be best utilized in a 3-4 defensive scheme where he can use his athleticism to his advantage. Bryant was able to drop into coverage and was moved all around in different positions on the defensive line during his time at UCF. When rushing the passer, Bryant does a good job at utilizing his fast hands to swim, chop, or rip the offensive lineman’s hands/arms. More physicality and power would improve his game tremulously, but he was able to showcase some solid power rushes. In the run game, Bryant does have the speed to track ball carriers down or not let them get to the edge quickly. However, he does struggle at being completely discipline in misdirection runs or fiercely attacking on multiple moving parts on a play which then opens up a huge running lane for the designated ball carrier. Bryant does need to improve his ability to recognize plays and being that consistent force on the edge. The raw talent is certainly present here with Big Kat Bryant but the team that drafts him will have to coach him better fundamentals of being that every down player.
Not the most flexible edge rusher coming out of a 5-tenchque but showed a good ability of being a versatile piece that can be used all around the football field. Was able to be explosive at the POA and when engaging contact on a ball carrier. Has good balance when rushing the passer but being discipline will be key for him. Does have the lateral agility to move out and travel with backs quickly and to the boundary of the field on outside zone runs or jet sweeps. Not incredible brute play strength but enough to drive blocks backwards.
Pass Rush Ability:
Use of Hands
Pass Rush Moves
Big Play Ability
His hands extremely useful when gaining separation between him and the blocker. His hands are really fast when executing his swim and rip moves. Knows how to slap the blockers hands down or push them up to rip underneath a block. Needs to develop a better ability of gaining more leverage within his rushes at the breaking point of a rush. First step quickness does have some room for improvement but is above average when gaining that early advantage off the snap. A better finishing ability in all assets of the game needs to be developed but was able to close out effective rushes with sacks. Still has some room for improvement in his total pass rush skills but this is a defender that can rush coming out of a 3-point stance or a standing position.
Against The Run:
Being discipline against the run, especially in read option situations needs to improve. At times, he will set the edge too hard and read the play incorrectly or vise versa. Does have the range to track down ball carriers from behind but the motor does need to improve. Is not going to stack up a lot of blocks and shed them quickly, not an area of strength for him. Will have to develop a better ability to shoot into a gap with quickness. Wrapping up a defender at that consistent rate needs to be more prevent as well.
Set the Edge
Stack and Shed
Gap Shooting Ability