Supplemental Draft Report: Brandon Bryant

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Tony Pauline

Draft Analyst Writer

Scouting report for Brandon Bryant, defensive back from Mississippi State, who has made himself available for the supplemental draft on July 11.

Bio: Three-year starter who finished with 32 tackles as a junior last season, intercepted one pass and broke up three more. Sophomore totals included 62 tackles and three PBUs. Freshman numbers included a career-best 63 tackles, three interceptions and six PBUs. Arrested and charged with DUI in January 2017 and was later declared academically ineligible for the 2018 season.

Pos: Nice-sized defensive back and a tremendous athlete with a huge upside. Plays with balance and quickness and shows an excellent burst of speed in every direction. Fast, moves well laterally and effectively covers receivers on crossing patterns. Nimble, light on his feet and fast enough to recover from mistakes. Fluid and fast in reverse and changes direction without losing momentum. Makes sure his teammates are in proper position in the secondary.

Neg: Not an overly physical safety despite tipping the scales at 207 pounds. Easily washed from the action by opposing wideouts. Does not play with a sense of urgency. Makes a lot of plays after the fact.

Analysis: After a strong freshman campaign, Bryant never took his game to another level as many thought was possible and is a better athlete than football player right now. He has tremendous upside but must pull the pieces together and take his play to another level to make a roster this fall.

Round Projection: 6th