NAME: Austin Bryant
JERSEY: No. 7
RECRUITMENT RATING: 4-star
WT: 265 lbs
Bryant has a similar build to teammate Clelin Ferrell but they are worlds apart when it comes to who is a more appealing NFL Draft prospect. Blossoming during his first year as a full time starter as a junior in 2017, Bryant needs to demonstrate major growth as a senior to be regarded like his fellow Clemson defensive line mates.
A modest athlete at best, Bryant doesn’t offer the type of juice out of his stance to put stress on an offensive tackles foot speed to keep pace around the edge track. He lacks vision, a plan and his pass rush moves are slow-developing and poorly-timed. He needs to become more of the aggressor as a pass rusher to make up for what he lacks athletically while developing his hand usage to disengage from blockers.
As a run defender, Bryant doesn’t process blocks quickly enough to position himself to be a consistent playmaker. While he does have flashes as an edge-setter and gap-shooter, he is too frequently late with his hands and is stuck in state of recovery to get back into his run fit.
Bryant’s best moments on tape were situations that the scheme specifically positioned him to make a play. To his credit, Bryant often took advantage of those opportunities. A role where he is used as a chess piece more than a head-up player is most ideal for Bryant at the next level as it currently stands.
Bryant did have some standout moments on tape but his snap-to-snap consistency is underwhelming. With that said, the stage is set for him to put it all together as a senior in a year where expectations couldn’t be higher.