Austin Bryant- 

Edge Clemson

6-4, 271, 34 5/8" Arms!

9 5/8" Hands

Fighting For Respect. 

By TOM

Anthony Bryant 2018:

Texas A&M: Bryant is underrated against the run. You cannot run at him. He is a terrific edge setter. He will line up at OLB, and he stuffs RBs when they run at him. He can be fooled, but he always seems to be heading up field. He can cover the RB out of the backfield. He will stand up, and shift over between Wilkins and Lawrence, and rush up the gut.

He is the best speed rusher of the three. When he can slap the ORT’s arms down, he gets to the QB fast. Great job at OLB to protecting the edge. He stands up a lot to gives Clemson a 3-4 look. He can get up field, take out the Blocker, and tackle the QB running outside. He is the guy they stand up and have put a hand down. Very versatile rusher. 

BC: They will stand him up at OLB on the blind side. He can burst into the backfield, and force the QB to give the ball to the RB on the option. Then knock the QB to the ground and jump on top of the RB. He is such a smart fast athlete. When he sees it he can look as good as any Edge in this Draft. When he uses his hands with force ORT's can't block him. Needs more consistency with this hands and speed to power. He needs to use that great swipe of his more. Terrific Edge guy. He will play OLB sometimes, and does a great job setting the edge, and sending the RB inside into the LBs.

FLA ST: In order to double Ferrell, teams will leave the TE on Bryant to block him on the edge. He doesn’t even slow as he pushes the TE back and pulls himself past him to sack the QB. He is so fast to the QB. Why do they put a TE on him. Great job pushing the TE up, and pulling his way past him in a flash to the QB. Underrated in the run. 

Bryant and Ferrell are ridiculous. They will rush Bryant and Ferrell sometimes, and let everyone else drop, and Ferrell with hit the QB as he throws, and Bryant will be a step behind him to hit the QB. That is just ridiculous. Bryant consistently gets to the QB as much as Ferrell, but he just gets there a tick slower than him. 

NC ST: He will get trapped inside in the rush, when teams run draws. Nice bend. He  uses his long arms. Naturally set the edge, and turns to face the QB like a 3-4 OLB. Consistently use his arms and hands to keep the OLT off his shirt. Loves to double slap the ORT's arms down, and try to Dip to QB. When he wins with the Swipe he gets to the QB. Stands up more than Ferrell. Nice Swim inside on the stunt to free up the DT stunting outside. 

Fighting Irish: It is east to forget how big he is and how good a run defender he is. He is such a good run defender going inside to stop the Dive. He was rushing more on the Blindside in the playoffs than in the regular season. Great stand up rusher. Great job anticipating the snap. When he anticipates the snap he is faster to the QB than Ferrell. Bryant had a great Champ game playing more stand-up rusher. He offers some great versatility for some DCs. He got to Book a third time in 3rd off a pure speed rush. He continued to get better all season, and even in the Play Offs. 

Alabama: Nice job using his long arms to set the edge. Smart kid who can read the trick play. He will pick up the RB crossing in front of the QB like he knows he's getting the pass. Bryant switched sides in the Champ game when Ferrell got injured, and was rushing against Williams a little. Terrific job jamming the OLT up and back. Then shoving him off and diving back to tackle the RB trying to run inside of him. He is such a rare quick athlete. He has become the forgotten man on the great Clemson Defense. 

He had trouble staying on his feet earlier in his career. "[Bryant is a] long-limbed base end with moldable potential as a rusher," Zierlein said. "But a lack of play strength and balance finds him on the ground way too often." Bu tin the Plays offs he was a physical beast. 

He was battling and punching and swiping, and staying on his feet with balance and power. "He was seen by most analysts as a potential Day 2 pick," Raynor wrote. "But another strong season could see him slide into higher discussions, depending on the strength of the class." But was not battling with balance and feet issues in the Play Offs. 

He is the guy who improved the most of the Four Horsemen. "What a year it has been," Bryant Twitted. "I am extremely thankful for every moment we had together as a team this season. We did a lot of things (the outsiders) said we wouldn’t. Much love to all the Tiger supporters that never lost faith. Believe me, the best is still yet to come for Clemson." Now he is a Champion, again. 

And of the Four Horsemen he is the one who improved the most last season. "The junior (who missed six games due to injury in 2016) plays with power and possesses the athleticism to win inside or outside against right tackles," NFL.com. " Bryant's best football is in front of him, which should make him a favorite among NFL defensive coaches." I'll draft the guy who is still improving every time. 

Combine: He was injured in November. "In advance of the Scouting Combine," Rapport twitted. "Clemson DE Austin Bryant, who tore his pectoral muscle on Nov. 3 vs Louisville and played with it, had surgery on Jan 17, source said. Out for drills. He had 6 tackles for loss & 3 sacks in 8 gms pre-injury, 9 TFLs & 5.5 sacks in 7 gms post." He kept playing all the way through the Play Offs. 

He was no table to participate in the Combine because of a torn pectoral muscle. "Very proud of him. He’s the quietest of that group, but he’s had a great year and takes a back seat to nobody. He’s been a great leader," Clemson DC Brent Venables said. "He’s ultra successful. He’s worked incredibly hard along the way. He may not be talked about outwardly outside of our football building, but inside we have great appreciation for Austin and all he’s done." He was unable to participate in the Clemson Pro Day as well. 

That will pop him into Day Two. "I was ecstatic for him because a lot of times people can feel like Austin can get left out, and for what reason I don’t know," Ferrell said. "The things that he’s battled through in his career here and just the mindset that he’s had to push through anything, just to see him have that success on a stage like that, it was huge for me to see. Especially because that’s been my best friend since we came on campus. So I was super happy." But he won't last long in Day Two.

He could go 32 to the Pats. He will would do a great job taking over for Flowers as the Strongside D-end. He has the Championship pedigree that you want. Long armed passrusher who improved more over the last couple of seasons than his bigger named Horsemen. He is going to surprise a lot of teams. He'll be the guy we wonder how he lasted into the 2nd Round in this Draft in a few years. 

Overview: Was part of Clemson’s two-deep rotation for his entire career, completing his time as a Tiger with 153 tackles, 35 tackles for loss, 20.0 sacks, 32 quarterback pressures, four pass breakups, two caused fumbles and an interception in 1,807 snaps over 51 games (29 starts) in his career … earned Outstanding Defensive Player honors in the CFP Semifinal at the Cotton Bowl Classic in the midst of Clemson’s undefeated 2018 campaign … entered 2018 as the No. 32 player in the nation in the preseason by Sports Illustrated and No. 57 player by NFL.com … No. 7 defensive end in the nation in the preseason by Lindy’s.

2018: Third-team All-ACC … All-Bowl team selection by the AP and Rivals … credited with 44 tackles (14.5 for loss) and 8.0 sacks in 667 snaps in 15 games (all starts) … made a season-high six tackles at Texas A&M … recorded two sacks among his three tackles against Georgia Southern, collecting team co-defensive player of the week honors … added another sack at Georgia Tech … posted four tackles in comeback win vs. Syracuse … made one stop at Wake Forest … contributed two tackles vs. No. 16 NC State and one tackle at Florida State … recorded his fourth sack of the season among his two tackles vs. Louisville … collected four tackles, including 1.5 for loss with one sack, at No. 17 Boston College … added a tackle vs. Duke … named team defensive player of the week vs. South Carolina after contributing two tackles (both for loss) including a sack … made season-high-tying six stops in ACC Championship Game against Pitt … earned Most Outstanding Defensive Player honors in the Cotton Bowl after posting three tackles for loss (including 2.0 sacks) among his six tackles against No. 3 Notre Dame … contributed three tackles including one for loss vs. No. 1 Alabama in the National Championship Game.

Anthony Bryant 2017:

Austin Bryant is listed at 6-6, 280. That seems a little big to me. I can't wait to see his measurements at the Combine. But both he and Ferrell are bigger than most Edge guys coming out in this Draft. 

2017: First-team All-American by Football Writers Association … second-team All-American by Walter Camp … third-team All-American by AP … Second-Team All-ACC selection … first-team All-ACC by Phil Steele … second-team All-ACC by AP … had 58 tackles, 15.5 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks, 12 quarterback pressures, two pass breakups, two caused fumbles and an interception in 677 snaps over 14 games (14 starts) … tied for third in the ACC in sacks and tied for fifth in tackles for loss.

Bryant Vs NC ST 2017:

I like him a little less than Ferrell. Though both do look like Belichick guys to me, nice combo of read and react, and burst upfield. If the Pats have a shot at one of the Clemson DLs, it is likely to be Austin Bryant. He has a nice low Rip. Good passrusher with a great understanding of run defense. 

He always seems to get in on tackles when they run to his size. When he hits a QB in the gut with his pads, he can make him wobbly. Great job stunting inside and sacking the QB. He looks better and better every week. You cannot run at him. He gets slow and pushes the ORT up, and gets in front of the RB consistently.

He is a little lighter and slighter than Ferrell. Bryant has a nice straight arm move with his inside hand, to keep the ORT off, and then a quick dip inside. Loves to try and swing his way past the ORT, by grabbing the ORT's arms and pulling his way past him (I love that move). 

Bryant will also fake up field and then drop. He can tip the pass in the slot to the WR on a comeback. He doesn't have great hands, but he can defend a pass in the zone drop. He will also drop outside into the slot. 

He likes to stand up more than Ferrell. He can get outside to protect the edge. Then shed the ORT, and rip through him to the QB. He can take some time to read the play sometimes, but once he does he can get there fast. He can run through the cut block, and chase the QB down. 

 Bryant Vs FLA ST 2017.

Bryant has the versatility to play both standing up and with a hand down. He is great against the run. There are not a lot of edge guys who play the edge, and set the edge, against the run better than Bryant and Ferrell. They are both forces against the run. If either is on the Board it won't take long for BB to step up and take one.

Bryant bounced up sideways to set the edge with more burst and agility than Ferrell. Nice blast off that get him upfield to crash over the RB with nice power. He also will line up at 5-Tech in odd fronts occasionally (not as much as Ferrell). He has versatility to put his hand down at 5-Tech, and then bounce outside while the QB is signaling, and line up outside standing up, which also allows the ILB to slide up inside to blitz.

Ferrell is a little stronger and rougher DE, but Bryant is a better athlete (but Ferrell can be more explosive upfield, and has a better knack for the Sack). Great shimmy-shimmy shake at the line to make the ORT essential whiff on the inside move. Nice outside shoulder club into a low Rip. He will disappear for a while, and then is suddenly sacking the QB. 

Bryant VS Alabama 2017:

The reason he could be a Patriot is because he is so great at setting the edge. He heads up field on every play and turns to the QB and sets the edge when he sees run, just the way you want him to. He gets left out of a lot of inside runs, but that is his job. To send the RB inside to Wilkins and Lawrence, and to create a gap outside the ORG that Wilkins can use to burst through to the QB. 

He has some mean in his game. When he has the inside Gap on the ORT, the RB swings so happily outside. When he isn't assigned to protect the edge it hurts their defense. He will grab the shirt of the ORT too much. Needs to read it quicker. It hurts him in the rush. But he can shed him quick with an arm slap and then a quick swim, when the QB takes off to his side. That is how he got the sack on Hurts.

On the next play he lined up with his hand down, and leaped over the ORT's chop block with amazing agility. He flushed Hurts, and just missed the sack. But he chased him out of bounds. Great physicality on the edge fighting to keep everything inside of him. He knows his assignment and he fights to make it so.

On 3rd and long his blast off is as impressive as Ferrell's. He is such a two-gapper and edge setter that he does get to blast off most snaps. But he has an elite blast off to put speed to power to the ORT and slide off him to the QB. He will put his hand down in Odd fronts sometimes.

Austin Bryant Vs Alabama 2017:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mc9rDjJsKeU

Bryant's Official Bio:

Overview: Was part of Clemson’s two-deep rotation for his entire career, completing his time as a Tiger with 153 tackles, 35 tackles for loss, 20.0 sacks, 32 quarterback pressures, four pass breakups, two caused fumbles and an interception in 1,807 snaps over 51 games (29 starts) in his career … earned Outstanding Defensive Player honors in the CFP Semifinal at the Cotton Bowl Classic in the midst of Clemson’s undefeated 2018 campaign … entered 2018 as the No. 32 player in the nation in the preseason by Sports Illustrated and No. 57 player by NFL.com … No. 7 defensive end in the nation in the preseason by Lindy’s.

2018: Third-team All-ACC … All-Bowl team selection by the AP and Rivals … credited with 44 tackles (14.5 for loss) and 8.0 sacks in 667 snaps in 15 games (all starts) … made a season-high six tackles at Texas A&M … recorded two sacks among his three tackles against Georgia Southern, collecting team co-defensive player of the week honors … added another sack at Georgia Tech … posted four tackles in comeback win vs. Syracuse … made one stop at Wake Forest … contributed two tackles vs. No. 16 NC State and one tackle at Florida State … recorded his fourth sack of the season among his two tackles vs. Louisville … collected four tackles, including 1.5 for loss with one sack, at No. 17 Boston College … added a tackle vs. Duke … named team defensive player of the week vs. South Carolina after contributing two tackles (both for loss) including a sack … made season-high-tying six stops in ACC Championship Game against Pitt … earned Most Outstanding Defensive Player honors in the Cotton Bowl after posting three tackles for loss (including 2.0 sacks) among his six tackles against No. 3 Notre Dame … contributed three tackles including one for loss vs. No. 1 Alabama in the National Championship Game.

2017: First-team All-American by Football Writers Association … second-team All-American by Walter Camp … third-team All-American by AP … Second-Team All-ACC selection … first-team All-ACC by Phil Steele … second-team All-ACC by AP … had 58 tackles, 15.5 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks, 12 quarterback pressures, two pass breakups, two caused fumbles and an interception in 677 snaps over 14 games (14 starts) … tied for third in the ACC in sacks and tied for fifth in tackles for loss … had six tackles in 27 snaps against Kent State on Sept. 2; named team co-defensive player-of-the-game … had seven tackles and a school-record-tying four sacks in 60 snaps against No. 13 Auburn on Sept. 9; named FWAA/Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player-of-the-Week; named ACC Defensive Lineman-of-the-Week; named team defensive player-of-the-game … had five tackles, two tackles for loss, a sack and three quarterback pressures in 51 snaps against Boston College on Sept. 23 … had five tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and his first career interception in 46 snaps at No. 12 Virginia Tech on Sept. 30; named team co-defensive player-of-the-game … had eight tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and a caused fumble in 36 snaps against Wake Forest on Oct. 7 … had four tackles and 0.5 sacks in 83 snaps at Syracuse on Oct. 13 … had six tackles, two tackles for loss, a sack and caused fumble in 31 snaps against Georgia Tech on Oct. 28; named team co-defensive player-of-the-game … had two tackles and two quarterback pressures in 82 snaps at No. 20 NC State on Nov. 4 … had two tackles, a sack and pass breakup in 51 snaps against Florida State on Nov. 11 … had a team-tying-high six tackles and a pass breakup in 39 snaps at South Carolina on Nov. 25 … had four tackles, a sack and two quarterback pressures in 68 snaps against No. 4 Alabama in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1.

2016: Earned share of the defense’s 12th Man Award, along with Marcus Edmond and Scott Pagano … suffered a foot injury in August camp and missed the first six games of the season … had 16 tackles, including three for loss and two sacks, in 244 snaps over nine games … returned to action against NC State, tallying half of a sack in the overtime win in 27 snaps … posted 1.5 sacks in 27 snaps at Florida State, a 37-34 Tiger victory … posted three tackles, including half of one for loss, in victory at Wake Forest … posted half a tackle for loss against Virginia Tech … saw significant action in both bowl games, including 39 snaps versus Alabama when starter Clelin Ferrell went down with an injury … broke up a pass and had a quarterback pressure in the win over the Crimson Tide.

2015: Logged significant action as a backup to both Kevin Dodd and Shaq Lawson, appearing in 13 games and 219 snaps … had four quarterback pressures and two special teams tackles, as well as a fumble recovery … posted five tackles in his debut against Wofford … tallied nine stops, including one on special teams, in win over Appalachian State … missed Georgia Tech game with an injury … notched first career sack at NC State … knocked down a pass and had key quarterback pressure in win over Florida State … had half a tackle for loss against Wake Forest … posted three tackles and a fumble recovery in the ACC Championship Game against North Carolina … came off the bench to see 63 snaps with Shaq Lawson injured in the Capital One Orange Bowl and contributed eight tackles, including half a sack.

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