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Perhaps the greatest statement about just how much talent has been playing along the defensive line for Clemson is the fact that the prototypically-built Bryant - and his 37 career tackles for loss, 21 sacks and penchant for making big plays in big moments - is expected to be selected fourth among the Tigers' fearsome front and yet is viewed by some as a potential top 50 pick.
Bryant was a highly regarded prep who earned immediately playing time as a true freshman in 2015 but was stuck behind future top 35 draft picks Shaq Lawson (Bills, No. 19 overall) and Kevin Dodd (Titans, 33), registering 22 tackles, including two for loss and 1.5 sacks in his debut season before a broken toe that required surgery limited him to just eight games in Clemson's 2016 title run a year later (13-4.5-2.5).
Bryant exploded in 2017, however, earning Second Team All-ACC honors with 50 tackles, including 15.5 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks over the regular season. He very nearly matched it in 2018 (45-15-8.5) on the way to securing the Tigers' second national championship in three seasons.
Bryant has the physical appearance of an NFL-ready edge rusher, including an athletic frame and long limbs. He wins when flashing excellent initial quickness, timing his get-off with the ball to cross the face of right tackles and showing the quickness to counter back inside. A flexible athlete with the agility, bend and closing speed to be very effective on twists and stunts.
While possessing good size, Bryant is overly reliant on his athleticism at this point, currently lacking ideal strength at the point of attack and only average awareness given his playing time.
Projection: Third Round
--Field Level Media