Discussion in 'Draft Day Zone' started by Hostile, Apr 21, 2005.
Bucs select...Anthony Bryant
DT | (6'3", 337, 5.12) | ALABAMA
Strengths: Is a massive DT with very good run-plugging potential. Shows decent initial quickness when fresh. Has the mass and lower body strength to consistently control the POA versus the run. He has long, strong arms and big hands. Will do a good job of keeping separation and of keeping blockers off his body. He is extremely difficult to move when he is in position and playing with leverage.
Weaknesses: Is not a good athlete. Lacks quickness, burst and penetrating skills. Provides very little production as a pass rusher. Does not make many plays in pursuit versus the run, either. Has poor conditioning and is notorious for being lazy. Wears down easily and will lose his technique and get sluggish. Weight will always have to be monitored, as he often will get too big. Stamina is also a big concern.
Overall: Bryant redshirted in 2000 and was a backup that contributed in a "wave" for most of his redshirt freshman and sophomore seasons until he took over as the starter in the final game of the 2002 season versus Hawaii. Bryant started all 13 games as a junior in 2003, finishing with 44 total tackles, but only 1.5 tackles for loss and zero sacks. He was an on-again, off-again starter as a senior in 2004, playing in a heavy rotation as a run-plugging specialist that finished with 22 tackles, three TFL and 1.5 sacks. Bryant failed to make much of an improvement from his junior to senior season and he essentially lost his starting job, as a result. He remains a mid-round prospect because of his excellent size and potential to contribute as a situational run-stopper in a two-gap scheme in the NFL. However, he provides very little production in terms of penetration versus the run or as a pass rusher, and his weight concerns will always be an issue. A team could take a chance on him as early as the fourth round but it also wouldn't surprise us if Bryant slipped to the fifth or sixth round range because of his limitations and potential for "bust".
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