By: Nick Trist
Our newest blogger Nick Trist (aka the Clemson Guru) is back at it with another brief write up on some other Clemson prospects that will enter the draft including the “other” WR in Clemson that some may not know about, enjoy folks.
This is one of those players who absolutely pass the “getting off the bus” test. At 6’5” 200lbs, he has prototypical, and highly coveted size. Bryant is said to have the fastest 40-yard dash time of any of his teammates, and when considering this was a team that included Sammy Watkins, I’d say that is quite an achievement. Though not as talented as his counterpart, Bryant has made some big plays, and highlight reels of his own. That said, we’ll take a look at the “other” WR from Clemson in Martavis Bryant who may someday become the playmaker in the NFL that most feel his teammate Sammy Watkins will be in the future.
Drops plagued Martavis at times, during the 2013 season. Even more alarming, there were periods where it seemed as if Bryant lost his confidence and let a dropped pass or two “get inside his head”. For evidence of it just pop in the UGA game tape.
There were also some character concerns for Martavis Bryant during his time at Clemson. He was suspended before the team’s 2012 bowl game because of academic ineligibility issues, however, according to the Clemson coaching staff he was a much more focused student-athlete during his junior season.
His departure may have been a surprise to some, as he seems like a great candidate for improving his draft stock with another year of school and a bigger role in the play-calling considering the void that would’ve be left with Sammy Watkins turning pro. When you factor in Bryant having three young children for whom to provide, his decision to reach for a NFL pay day is easier to understand.
Where could he land?
Due to his athletic abilities, Martavis Bryant’s name will make some waves at the upcoming scouting combine. When a player is able to do that, there is always the chance some team could reach for that player. My projection is Bryant will be taken somewhere between the bottom of round three and the middle of round four.
My Most Ideal Landing Spot:
Patriots, Colts, Packers, Saints, Falcons, Niners, Seahawks or anywhere else that has a good QB and doesn’t need an immediate contribution from Martavis.
Other potential Clemson Prospects That are Entering the Draft:
Spencer Shuey: MLB
Solid tackler, with a terrific motor, he may not have all the eye-popping physical specs, but can be of service to any of the 32 teams.
Projection- Round 5-6
Bashaud Breeland: CB
Good size and speed. Breeland was part of a well-below average secondary the last two years. Has a long way to go before he is ready to play anything other than special teams in the NFL. Best case scenario is for him to develop into and effective nickel-back.
Projection- Round 6-7
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