09/22/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: TE George Bryan, who's lining up to be one of the most productive pass-catching tight ends in school history, can't be accused of padding his statistics against the so-called little guys on the schedule. In two games against Football Championship Subdivision opponents this year, Bryan has a total of one reception for 10 yards. - The Sports Xchange
George Bryan was a three sport star in high school - football, basketball, and baseball. Bryan was all conference in high school football at DE and TE.
Inserted into the lineup in 2008, Bryan has been a brilliant, record-setting receiving TE, as well as a quality blocker. Stats were 18 catches for 201 yards and 4 TDs in 2008, 40/422/6 in 2009, 35/369/3 in 2010, and 33/331/4 in 2011. Bryan has won too many awards to count.
Bryan is a bit high hipped in his frame and, well, slow. Bryan's game is finding soft spots in zones and using his frame to exploit his greatest asset: world class hands.
As an NFL Draft prospect, Bryan is clearly a traditional block-first tight end. He has good technique and bend as a blocker and some power in his hands, and blocks well enough for lead tight end roles. However, his frame keeps his center of gravity high, preventing Bryan from getting a top blocking grade. As a receiver, the main issue is whether Bryan has the agility to shake tighter coverage at the next level. Bryan can turn and cut well, and if a strong-armed NFL passer can gun the ball into his hands, he will almost always catch it.
Strengths: Has hands of glue, about as good as you'll see in the sport of football. Excels finding soft spots in zone coverage and using his large frame to shield defenders. Quality blocker. Has enough power and bend combined with good technique which consistently results in successful blocks. Productive, durable, experienced leader -- top intangibles.
Weaknesses: Is a bit high-hipped and slow to get rolling. Frame limits upside as a blocker. Isn't agile for a tight end. Might have real trouble getting open at the next level. Will have to answer questions from NFL teams about drug charges that were ultimately dropped.
NFL Comparison: Bear Pascoe, New York Giants