UDFA Name To Know: DT Brandin Bryant
Everything you want in an undrafted free agent, Bryant brings elite athleticism at a position that can be massive value.
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What do Michael Bennett, Doug Baldwin, Jermaine Kearse, Thomas Rawls, Garry Gilliam, Patrick Lewis, DeShawn Shead, Brock Coyle, Michael Morgan, Kevin Smith and Kasen Williams all have in common? Their names were not called on draft day, and yet, here they are on the Seahawks roster and in their plans. No team extends the draft like the Seattle. This is one of the hardest rosters to make in the NFL, and there is still at least one undrafted player every year who fights his way onto it. An early name to watch from this year’s undrafted class is defensive tackle Brandin Bryant. A physical specimen with intriguing versatility along the line, Bryant compares favorably to Cardinals first round pick Robert Nkemdiche, who many analysts called one of the best athletes in the draft.

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The level of competition is different for Ole Miss than for Floria Atlantic, so the production numbers can be discounted, but the physical attributes are what they are, and watching tape of Bryant does nothing to discourage the comparison. Bryant is quick and powerful. He finishes plays with aggression and shows a nice motor from snap to whistle.

Nkemdiche reminds me of Darnell Dockett when he is at his best. Dockett was a major disruptor on the interior and was more like a linebacker in terms of athletic ability, only he was 290 lbs. Now there were clearly reasons why he went undrafted, so it is far too early to pencil him in, but he will certainly have my attention when camp opens in July.

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10 Responses

    • Ben Peterson

      He’s got a z-score of 1.1, so he’s part of the top 87% of DTs athletically. The downside is arm length. It’s not terrible, but Bryant’s arms are only 31 1/4 inches long (as opposed to Nkemdiche’s 33 7/8. He should be interesting at fullback though.

  1. connor

    You said there were clearly reasons why he went undrafted. What were they?

  2. dee

    JS said they are going to use him as a fullback. Wow!

  3. Josiah White

    He’s a DT who plays the whole game in the other guy’s backfield. Unbelievable penetration.

  4. H D Messinger

    I think he may be the new Tukuafu. He was also asked to do some work at FB. Seattle apparently sees him as part of their DT rotation and playing some FB as well; that’s a pretty good indication of what type of athlete he must be.

  5. H D

    He must be a pretty good athlete…they asked him to play both ways and take some snaps offensively as well at FB…The new Tukuafu.

    • Ben Peterson

      Tremendous athlete. Arms aren’t the longest, but he’s got great upside at pretty much no risk.

  6. Damin

    With his physical attributes in this defense, we may have gotten the better player, and Nkimdiche was taken in the 1st round. Watching the film on this guy, he’s every bit the disruptive player and has a much better upside. Kind of plays more like an end or a very fast tackle, looking more for penetration than stuffing the line.

  7. Stuart Pennington

    What I love is that they are bringing him in to play fullback!

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