2014 NFL Draft: Martavis Bryant Scouting Report

By Ryan Ratty on Saturday, March 22nd 2014
2014 NFL Draft: Martavis Bryant Scouting Report

Playing opposite of Sammy Watkins, Martavis Bryant never really had the chance to shine in Clemson's offense. Another thing about Bryant is that he was never really fit in his college system.

Clemson used a system where they threw short passes and screen plays. Bryant is a receiver who would excel in an NFL offense, where the passing trees are a bit more expandable. Bryant showed in the NFL combine that he has the combination of size and speed that NFL teams love. He is rising up draft boards as the draft nears.


College: Clemson

Ht: 6'4"

Wt: 211 pounds




Size/speed ratio: It's not often you find a 6'4" receiver who is running a 40-yard dash at 4.42. In his first season in the NFL, Bryant would be a dynamic weapon across the field with this combination. But he could find a ton of success early when in the redzone.

Quick off the line of scrimmage: Although it sounds odd, there is a difference between quick and fast in the NFL. Quick is acceleration speed, and that's something that Bryant has. He is a long-strider, but he is pretty fast off the line of scrimmage.

Upside: If he can put some weight on, Bryant could have one of the best bodies for a wide receiver in the entire NFL. To go along with his crazy frame, Bryant has long arms that he uses towards his advantage. With a wide catch-radius, Bryant has the tools to succeed in the NFL.



Body-catcher: In college, some players can get by with this issue. But in the NFL, Bryant will need to learn how to use his hands better. He dropped too many easy passes in college, and this issue cannot continue.

No route tree/bad route-runner: As I said earlier, Clemson plays a very open offense. Because of this, Bryant isn't that good of a route-runner. The fact that Clemson uses a ton of quick screens is also detrimental towards viewing Bryant's NFL potential as a whole.

Run blocking: Bryant will fight for every ball on every down when it is a passing play. But when it is a running game, Bryant seems to take plays off. NFL teams love complete players, and Bryant needs to become a better run blocker than he was in college.


NFL Comparison: Stephen Hill, New York Jets: I compare Bryant to Hill because the latter was extremely raw coming out of Georgia Tech. Bryant also has a ton of question marks coming out of Clemson. LIke Bryant, Hill has the ability to drop a lot of passes. If they can pan out, both can become dynamic weapons in the NFL.


Draft Outlook

Right now, it is hard to tell where the Clemson product will go in this draft. A team in the second round could fall in love with him because of his potential, but his concerns could make him fall to the third round. I have Bryant going in the third round right now, just because the weaknesses that I have above. When Terrance Williams came out of Baylor, he fell to the third round because he did not run a route tree at Baylor. The same thing could happen with Bryant.


Best Fits

I look at a team like the Dallas Cowboys who could add this guy in the middle of the third round. The Cowboys need a playmaker opposite of Dez Bryant, and Martavis Bryant could be that guy. Yes, this would make two Bryant's on Dallas' offense. Both Bryant's have tremendous size and speed. Wide receivers coach Derek Dooley could make Martavis a contributor right away.


Other possible fits include the New York Jets, Cincinnati Bengals, and the Buffalo Bills.

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