Dynasty League Spotlight: Martavis Bryant, WR Clemson University – 2014 NFL Draft
The Trashman, RosterWatch.com
Martavis Bryant, WR Clemson
Weight: 211 pounds
40 yard dash: 4.42 (Combine)
NFL Comparison: A.J. Green
When WR Sammy Watkins is on the field, other players tend to get lost in his shadow, only to be exposed at some other juncture in time. This is precisely what has happened with fellow Tiger Martavis Bryant, who posted sub 4.45 times in the 40 at this year’s NFL Scouting Combine, and in the process raised quite a few eyebrows in the stands. That kind of speed is almost unheard of for a player of his 6’4″ height. Bryant is a pure vertical talent, averaging 25 yards per catch over his last two season at Clemson. He knows how to get beyond the defense, so he often catches the ball in stride. His receptions are not often contested, and for this reason you rarely catch glimpses his impressive leaping ability (39” vertical). Like most speed demon receivers, Bryant’s greatest flaw is his inconsistency. He often drops the easy catch, and that will have to be something he improves on if Bryant wants to compete at the NFL level. It seems to be more of a focus issue than a problem with his hands though, so that’s somewhat of a relief.
Here are our notes on Bryant from viewing him live at the NFL Scouting Combine:
WO8 Martavis Bryant, Clemson
Extends long arms to catch the ball out front in gauntlet
Long-armed catches the ball out front, recovers well from one dropped ball
Doesn’t break down well on 10 yard out
Labors to run a horrible route on 17 yard dig
Can move well downfield on fade route
Bryant will be an immediate big-play addition to any NFL team, but he’s going to have to be more consistent to gain a starting role. He’s also going to have to prove himself to be more than just a situational deep threat. Bryant’s frame and ease of movement reminds us of A.J. Green, and he’s got a ceiling as high as any receiver coming into the league. His combination of size and speed make him an easy pickup in dynasty formats.