Austin Bryant

Clemson
DE

Prospect Info

College
Clemson
Hometown
Class
Pavo, GA
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 4"
271 lbs
34 5/8”
Hands
9 5/8”

Prospect Grade

5.65
Chance to Become NFL Starter
How We Grade

2019 Draft Results

Drafted by
Detroit
Lions
Round 4 ‧ Pick 15
Go to Pick

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Bryant put himself in the conversation as yet another top-notch Clemson defensive end prospect with an outstanding junior year in 2017, starting all 14 games and taking advantage of some great talent around him. He was a third-team Associated Press All-American and second-team All-ACC pick, accumulating 15.5 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks on the year. He had another successful year in 2018, helping his team win a national title and earning third-team All-ACC honors with 44 tackles, 14.5 for loss, and eight sacks. He was a top 150 prospect nationally coming out of high school and found playing time as a true freshman in 2015 (35 tackles, two for loss, in 13 games). Bryant shared the team's 12th Man Award as a sophomore (16 tackles, three for loss, two sacks).
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Round 4
NFL Comparison
Stephen Weatherly
Overview
Long-limbed base end with moldable potential as a rusher, but a lack of play strength and balance finds him on the ground way too often. Bryant offers potential as a rangy edge rusher with the length to separate and turn the corner, but he might not offer up enough rush talent to overcome his struggles in holding the point against the run. He has starter's traits and backup talent, but he could end up as a future starter if he gets his strength right.
Strengths
  • Uses length as a weapon
  • Long-strider with ability to eat up turf in upfield rush
  • Stabs and separates to prevent being punched
  • Alters approach speed as rusher to create uncertainty
  • Corners the edge with decent ankle flexion
  • Flattens with plus burst to quarterback
  • Extended motor and plays until he hears a whistle
  • Traits and athleticism are built for twisting scheme
  • Knifes into alleys to disrupt zone-blocking schemes
  • Fights back against early adversity in the rep
  • Good use of hands to pry away from blocks and make tackles
  • Length and pursuit speed to track and tackle on perimeter
Weaknesses
  • Leggy, high-cut frame lacks body control
  • Balance and coordination are below average
  • Slow snap response and play diagnosis
  • Allows linemen to cross his face and reach him
  • Inconsistent bend with poor contact balance
  • Washes out of run fits and widenes out of gaps
  • Play strength must improve to become a starter
  • Excessive forward lean leads to imbalance as rusher
  • Plays too tall to convert speed to power consistently
  • Basic rush play with ineffective counters Face-up rusher who needs a wider approach angle

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GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league