2014 NFL Draft Player Profiles – Clemson WR Martavis Bryant

By Alex Kozora

Our focus has shifted to the offseason and for the next few months, I’ll be providing scouting reports on several draft prospects. Some of these players the Pittsburgh Steelers may look at and others will be top players that will be off the board before they select. All to make you as prepared as possible for the 2014 NFL Draft.

A look at Clemson wide receiver Martavis Bryant.

Martavis Bryant/Clemson WR: 6’3/6 211

The Good

– Great length with long arms (32 5/8 inches)

– Top-notch triangle numbers

– Soft hands, natural catcher with large catch radius

– Fluid and a strong athlete for his frame

– Long strider who covers a lot of ground

– Build-up speed runner who has ability to be a vertical threat

-Good body control and adjusts to flight of the ball well

– Size makes it difficult for him to press at the line

– Made the few targets he saw count

– Length an asset as a run blocker

– Little bit of return experience

The Bad

– Raw with little experience

– Limited route tree, mostly deep routes (corner, post, go)

– Will lose some speed in his cuts

– Some ugly drops

– Won’t make many miss in the open field

– Doesn’t take particular pride in run blocking, effort and ability is average at best

– Difficult to evaluate and project

Other

– 13 career starts

– Left school as a junior

– Just 61 career catches

– 2013: 42 catches, 828 yards, 7 TDs

– Averaged whopping 22.1 yards per catch over his career, first in Clemson history

– 2013 All-ACC Honorable Mention

– 14 career kick returns

– 22 years old

– Senior year of high school: 70 receptions, 722 yards, 11 touchdowns

– Four of seven TDs in 2013 came in red zone

Tape Breakdown

Bryant’s triangle numbers jump off the charts. Tall and while a bit lanky, has room to add to his frame. Ran a 4.42 40 at the Combine, jumped 39 inches, and 10’4” in the broad.

Vertical threat with sneaky build-up speed. Primary routes he ran at Clemson. Reception of 30+ yards in six games in 2013 while averaging just under 20 yards per reception on the season. Despite just ten catches in 2012, racked up 305 yards and four touchdowns.

 

As those two examples show, sneaky speed who can stretch the field vertically. Numbers back that up, too. 17 of his 42 grabs, over 40%, went for 20+ yards. 33 receptions moved the sticks. No doubt he was productive when given the chance.

Arm length gives him the potential for a large catch radius and he does a good job of getting his arms extended to pluck the ball out of mid-air. Still photo of his catch in the first GIF.

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Another game with him high-pointing the football down the sideline. No alligator arms with the safety closing, who ended up blasting Bryant. Holds onto the pass.

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Love the hands and concentration on this field. Juggled and caught for six. Excellent body control, something he showed in multiple games. Tracks the ball well.

 

And shows surprising fluidity. Little tight in the hips but certainly not stiff. Shows the ability to get in and out of his cuts on this post corner.

 

Will have some ugly drops and frustrate you. Jumps for passes he doesn’t need to. Let three slip out of his hands in Week One against Georgia.

 

 

Like I wrote, Bryant is a difficult player for me to project. Tough enough to watch wide receivers without the All-22 tape but got such a limited look at him. Why I ended up watching seven games, the most of any player this season. Only then did I become comfortable evaluating him.

Tajh Boyd threw 413 passes and Bryant saw just 65 of them, 15.7%. Was rotated in and out of the lineup, something that appeared common with all their wide receivers. Still, played in only 66.8% (580 of 868) snaps in 2013 and just over 25% (245 of 959) in 2012.

Only three career games with more than four receptions. All coming in 2013.

Limited route tree and mostly ran deep routes. Wasn’t asked to do much else. One trick pony.

Because of that, he’s hard to project. Even though it isn’t in an option offense, Bryant reminds me a lot of Georgia Tech’s Stephen Hill. Extremely raw and will take time to develop to become a complete threat.

Steelers’ fans, or any team that drafts Bryant for that matter, can’t expect him to contribute right away. Just way too green. Potential is there and a lot to like but due to his rawness and the nature of the position, he’ll have to sit and learn.

Projection: Early, Mid Third

Games Watched: vs Georgia, at Syracuse, vs Boston College, vs Florida St, at Maryland, at Virginia (Half), vs Ohio St (Bowl)

Previous Scouting Reports:
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Illinois State T/G Josh Aladenoye
Penn State WR Allen Robinson
Stanford ILB Shayne Skov/a>
Florida State WR Kelvin Benjamin
North Carolina TE Eric Ebron
Auburn T Greg Robinson
Minnesota DT Ra’Shede Hageman
Notre Dame NT Louis Nix III
Auburn LB Dee Ford
Texas Tech TE Jace Amaro
North Dakota State T Billy Turner
Boston College RB Andre Williams
South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney
BYU OLB Kyle Van Noy
Pittsburgh DT Aaron Donald
Tennessee NT Daniel McCullers
Colorado State DE/OLB Shaquil Barrett
Alabama T Cyrus Kouandjio
Tennessee T Antonio Richardson
Central Florida RB Storm Johnson
Virginia Tech CB Kyle Fuller
Alabama S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix
West Virginia DE Will Clarke
Louisville S Calvin Pryor
Wisconsin ILB Chris Borland
Vanderbilt WR Jordan Matthews
Virginia T Morgan Moses
Notre Dame DE Stephon Tuitt
Mississippi WR Donte Moncrief
Central Florida QB Blake Bortles
Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel
North Carolina DE Kareem Martin
UCLA OLB Anthony Barr
South Carolina CB Victor Hampton

Senior in college, blogging from mom's basement. Marrying tape and statistics. Chidi Iwuoma is my favorite Steeler of all-time.
  • Caesar

    I’m intrigued by this guy. Let him get out there early and run fly routes like Wallace did his rookie year, but with some endzone jump balls thrown in too, while Moore and Brown handle underneath and intermediate stuff, and hope that with some experience and coaching he can round out his skill set.

  • RW

    Meh – we did that with Wallace too – we need someone who can step in and play in year 1 or 2 that can deliver in the end zone.

  • StrengthOfVictory

    To all the guys going nuts over Moncrief: Bryant is the guy I’d rather have if the Steelers wait to draft a WR. (I don’t think they will, as I believe WR will be taken in one of the first two rounds, but still.)

    Dave/Alex: I’d love to read a more in-depth analysis of Brandon Coleman. The guy is very intriguing, but something of a mystery also. Might he be worth an article here?

  • Caesar

    Cody Latimer from Indiana is another interesting later round guy like Coleman who it would be good to hear a take on.

  • PA2AK

    Lot of buzz with Latimer after his pro day.

  • PA2AK

    He looks to have better potential than Wallace, and Wallace did ok on the stat sheet his first two seasons. Bell also takes some pressure off the redzone production of WRs. Still Bryant’s limited use and ‘one trick pony’ status is concerning. Wonder if they see room for improvement there. Would be surprised if he goes earlier than is predicted above.

  • StrengthOfVictory

    Consider, for a moment, a scenario where the Steelers draft Brandin Cooks. I know, I know. He’s not a tall receiver, and Steeler Nation wants a tall receiver (and so do I). BUT. Can you imagine a WR trio of Brown/Wheaton/Cooks? With Cooks’ 4.33 40 time (Combine), the Steelers would have one of the fastest receiving corps in the entire league. Defensive coordinators would go out of their minds pulling their secondary deep while trying to stop Bell/Blount.

    You have to admit, it would be interesting.

  • Reg Sayhitodabadguy Hunt

    Thanks alex this is why i love this sight it keeps steeler nation very informed

  • Alex Kozora

    Absolutely. By no means should be place ourselves in this box that the Steelers “have” to draft a tall WR. Give me a talented little guy over a less talented big guy any day. If we find another Antonio Brown, who cares if he isn’t 6’3? Just want talent.

  • James Kling

    The Stephen Hill comparison fits. Guy has a 2 cent head, pass. I don’t see Bryant’s potential ever translating to the field.

  • StrengthOfVictory

    I’m intrigued by a tall receiver because of the physical mismatch, but there is more than one way to create a mismatch. If a guy is too shifty, quick, and has blazing speed…he’s just as much of a nightmare to cover as someone who’s 6’5.

  • cencalsteeler

    This guy has Steelers written all over him. When looking at his strengths listed above, a lot of that is natural ability that can’t be taught. Looking at his weakness’, that can be taught. Like Alex stated, he’s raw and wouldn’t see a lot of action his rookie season (Wheaton), which is why I think he would be a perfect compliment to this team.

  • Douglas Andrews

    Would be okay if the Steelers get their CB in the first round if they grabbed this guy in the 3rd…We don’t need a starter to step in right now we just need a compliment to Brown/Wheaton and Bryant could add a nice dimension to our Trio of WR’s.

  • cp72

    See I think this kid has Stephen Hill written all over him. Like Hill had limited college production then blows up the combine.

    Hill was rated a 3rd or 4th rounder then goes in the 2nd because of the triangle numbers. I have a feeling there is little chance Bryant gets out of the 2nd and I think for a project with limited game experience that is WAY to high.

  • lefnor

    His low snap number is misleading. In 2012 DeAndre Hopkins and Watkins was the #1 and #2 WR. And the #3? That was the little-known Jaron Brown who ended up as an UDFA, selected by Arians. He became immediately the #4 WR behind Fitzgerald, Floyd and Roberts.
    Clemson’s WR scouting and coaching is outstanding.
    Bryant’s low snap number means one thing: you can steal a #1WR in the 3rd round. He played the season under 200 pounds, so the increased weight is inspiring. His speed is Mike Wallace-like but he is much more coordinated and usable in the intermediate range and he is taller, per se. Watkins was the “screen guy”, the go-to WR and Bryant is the field stretcher in the Tigers O but he can do much more than that imo. This guy has unlimited potential.
    My only concern is that he has not a Matthews/Beckham/Landry type character. Or at least I don’t see it in his post-game interviews.

  • Steelers@2010

    I was hoping they would have taken Dessir with this pick, but I can’t complain they got Martavis Bryant.

  • Steelers@2010

    They have two WR’s that can do that already, Brown and Moore.

  • Ike Evans

    yet neither did it well with the chances they were given last year

  • HiVul

    They’re a little bit similar now that I think about it, physical tools but a lot of questions about mental capacity. Both could be absolute steals

  • Steelers@2010

    Lets not jinz the kid before he even plays a down in the NFL. The kid is fast, he has speed and he’s tall too. Clearly a Red Zone threat; the Steelers have been known for taking WR’s and having great success in rounds three and beyond. I like the pick.

  • Steelers@2010

    Antonio Brown was the leading WR on the team last year; came just a few yards short of being the all time leading WR in a season for the Steelers. What are you talking about? Moore? I can understand what you’re talking about there; but remember, he was coming off an injury plague season last yr from what I’ve heard.

  • Ike Evans

    My bad man….idk wat I was thinking I thought u were talking about Justin brown and the kid moye

  • Steelers@2010

    lol. No problem at all; I just read on ESPN that the Post Gazette is reporting the Steelers expect Martavis Bryant to start. Wow! Now that is expecting a lot from a 4th RD draft pick. Something tells me they don’t project last yrs 3rd RD pick to start opposite of Antonio Brown. But think about it, even if the Steelers start the season with Antonio Brown, Martavis Bryant opposite and the kid they drafted last yr in the slot, that would really be a nice young Receiving Corps.