Corbin Bryant, DT, Northwestern

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Corbin Bryant, DT, Northwestern

Postby Pudge » Sat Apr 16, 2011 8:05 pm

Northwestern Senior
40: 5.08


Has a nice first step that can shoot gaps and get pressure and penetration upfield. Can make stops in pursuit, working laterally down the line to make the stop. Shows quickness to beat guard to his outside shoulder and has a decent rip move. Flashes potential bull rusher able to deliver jolt to guard. Shows some ability to get push and leverage vs. the run when he is working at the nose. Plays with a good motor and gives chase downfield.


Undersized and tends to get pushed around and engulfed at times vs. the run at the point of attack. Not that effective when he's forced to use his hands and fight off blocks. Lacks technique and needs to improve his hand use. Struggles to get off blocks at the point of attack and doesn't do a good job anchoring.


Bryant is a good one-gap defensive tackle that can be disruptive and penetrate, but lacks the superb burst, technique, or pass-rushing skillset to be a top playmaker. A three-year starter at defensive tackle, combining for 83 tackles, 19.5 for loss, and just 4.5 sacks. Had knee injury that sidelined him late in his sophomore year, and also broke his leg as a freshman.


In a one-gap scheme, Bryant can contribute in a rotation. But his upside is limited to being just a backup. If he can improve his technique and develop some better moves then he can be a good backup. Otherwise, he's just a so-so guy that can add depth at the No. 4 spot, play hard, and help keep your better tackles fresh. He also has some ability to play in a 3-4, but again he really needs to improve his technique to be a stack and shed guy. I can see him being a capable backup and journeyman at the next level. But unless a team really is patient and falls in love with his motor, I don't see him sticking long-term in one place. Teams will likely constantly be upgrading their DT depth, and eventually a better player is going to come along and push him off the roster after a few years. But he should be able to land a spot somewhere else relatively quickly and at least bolster competition in camp if not outright win a roster spot.


Bryant can be a good developmental backup in Atlanta. He has the disruptive potential to fit well in the Falcons scheme. He'll be hard-pressed to make the roster as a rookie because of his limited technique. But if he can get a year or two on the practice squad to develop his technique and improve there, then a few years down the road he can stick as a No. 3 or No. 4 guy. He won't be an impact playmaker, but a high motor guy that can add depth, make the occasional tackle for loss or sack and help keep your starters fresh.


A 4-3 team looking for a developmental backup could take a look in the seventh round.

1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite

Strength: 3.5
Point Of Attack: 2.0
Quickness: 3.0
Pass Rush: 2.5
Motor: 3.5
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