2017 NFL Draft

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Anthony Bryant

Height: 6-3 | Weight: 335 | College: Alabama
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Anthony is an imposing space-eater with a massive frame that makes his arms appear very short (29-inch length). Bryant does not get pushed around much due to his size and imposing strength, but is better served as a bull rusher than trying to get to the quarterback. He is a two-gap tackle whose size makes him stout vs. the run. He has the strength to hold his ground at the point of attack, but when he has to work outside the box, his marginal change of direction agility becomes evident. He has been only an adequate performer throughout his career and with his size and strength, might be better suited for nose guard or switch to the offensive line.

He is certainly not an upfield player, but working in the box, he does a better job of plugging the rush lanes and maintaining balance. He might generate some quickness to get up field, but he has marginal lateral agility needed to avoid in-line blocking schemes. He plays on his feet and has good balance, but lacks a feel for blocking pressure and does a poor job of protecting his legs from cut blocks. Bryant has no acceleration to close on the quarterback, but does a very good job of occupying multiple blockers to free a teammate up to make the plays. His short arms prevent him from getting a good reach to keep blockers off his body.

Bryant needs to be walked through a play several times before he can comprehend it. While Anthony has good overall strength, he fails to be active with his hands and this causes him to have huge difficulties discarding blockers, as he gets tied up too easily. When he does break free, he has enough of a short area burst to run down the ball carriers, but is not known for making plays behind the line of scrimmage (only seven in 1456 plays). Stamina is another problem, as he tires easily and has never been in good shape.

Bryant shows good effort and can run the line, but is probably only a box player, because of a lack of agility. He can push the pocket, but lacks any explosive edge moves. He does show an aggressive nature and good work habits in the weight room, Still, Anthony is only an adequate player who simply does not make plays. With his wide frame, power and anchor, some team might decide to convert him to offensive guard, as he does show enough short area quickness to possibly be effective on the pulls and traps.

If you are looking for a space-eater in a two-gap system late in the draft or via free agency, Bryant is worth the look. However, he needs to show better dedication to his conditioning program, as his poor change of direction and lateral agility and weight issues will sorely cut into his playing time.

Injury Report

No injuries reported.


Graduated with a degree in Criminal Justice and is presently enrolled in graduate courses in Human Environmental Sciences … Cousin of former Alabama Crimson Tide All-SEC safety, Sam Shade … Son of Ernest and Marie Bryant … Born11/06/81 … Resides in Newbern, Alabama.

High School

5.22 in the 40-yard dash … 505-pound bench press … 775-pound squat … 380-pound power clean … 415-pound incline press … 29 -inch arm length … 8 -inch hands … Right-handed … 15/24 Wonderlic score.


Attended Sunshine (Newbern, Ala.) High School, playing football for coach Frank Watford … First-team USA Today and Parade All-American pick … Super Prep All-American and Top 100 Dream Team selection, adding Border Wars first-team All-South and first-team All-State honors … Also chosen Alabama Class 1A Lineman of the Year and was the number one pick on the Birmingham News "Super Senior" and Tuscaloosa News' Sweet Sixteen lists … Recorded 178 tackles and eleven sacks as a senior … He also caused eight fumbles, recovered four and made two interceptions … As a tight end, he caught 15 passes for 441 yards and eight touchdowns … Averaged 19.0 points and 12 rebounds a game while playing basketball, earning Parade All-American recognition … As a junior, Anthony threw the shot put 55-3 to win the 1A state title in that event.


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