Christian Bryant, FS

School: Ohio State  |  Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Cleveland, OH
Height/Weight: 5-9 / 198 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
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Workout Results
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Player Overview

A four-star cornerback recruit, Bryant was courted by several big-time programs, including Stanford and Michigan State, but kept the Glenville-Ohio State pipeline going, choosing the Buckeyes.

He saw immediate playing time due to injuries and stepped into a starting nickelback/strong safety role as a sophomore in 2011, finishing with 67 tackles. Bryant set career-bests in 2012 as a junior with 70 tackles and 13 passes defended, starting all 12 games and earning Second Team All-Big Ten honors.

He was on pace for his best season yet in 2013 as a senior, but he broke his left ankle in the fifth game of the season and applied for a medical redshirt year to return to Columbus for one more season of eligibility, but was denied by the NCAA.

Bryant has fluid athleticism with the play speed and feet of a former cornerback, but has the mentality and physical nature of a safety. He lacks ideal strength and bulk for the position, struggling to consistently finish tackles, but his rangy athleticism allows him to cover a lot of ground and his instincts frequently lead him to being in the right spot at the right time.

Bryant is a versatile nickel defender who might be able to carve out a niche in sub-packages and special teams, but needs to stay healthy to prove he can be durable enough for the NFL.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Rangy athlete to cover a large area with easy movements, playing low with natural bend and flexibility. Closes fast with bad intentions, aggressively throwing his body around.

Quick eyes and first step to arrive at the ball in a hurry. See-ball, get-ball type who tracks well and shows no hesitancy in his game. Good feet and coverage discipline in space to stay under control and alert in man or zone.

Plays with a chip as if he's always out to prove something. Feisty, competitive demeanor. Engaging leadership traits and carries himself with a positive attitude. Above average locker room presence...good starting experience (27 career starts) with extensive reps on special teams coverage and experience at cornerback, strong safety and nickelback.

WEAKNESSES: Tick undersized with below average height/length and limited room to get much bigger or stronger. Needs to consistently break down and wrap instead of throwing his shoulder. Often tries wrestling the ballcarrier to the ground, allowing him to pick up a few extra yards.

Needs to improve his body control in coverage to properly turn his head, locate and make an athletic play. Too often allows himself to get turned around and have coverage lapses. Lacks experience near the line of scrimmage and was used primarily in the deep half of the field.

Strong durability concerns with a laundry list of injuries that forced him to miss playing time, including a foot infection (2010), shoulder injury (2011) and a broken left ankle (Oct. 2013) that ended his college career.

--Dane Brugler

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05/12/2014 - A closer look at the Rams' picks: Round 7/241 - Christian Bryant, S, 5-10, 193, Ohio State...Was a three-starter at safety and a team captain last season. However, he suffered a broken ankle against Wisconsin in the fifth game of the season and didn't play again. The Buckeyes defense struggled without his leadership and production. He applied for a medical redshirt, but it was rejected by the NCAA. Bryant is somewhat undersized, but plays aggressively and is very physical. - The Sports Xchange


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