How Signing Cornerback Fernando Bryant Helps the Patriots

Bleacher ReportSenior Analyst IMarch 20, 2008

It isn't getting a whole lot of press, but the Fernando Bryant signing has a huge impact on the draft and season as a whole. Bryant is a solid corner who. while he isn't known for making big plays, doesn't give them up either.
 
He will struggle in the Red Zone against bigger, stronger receivers, but few corners don't.

Off the field, what Bryant brings is flexibility for the Patriots on draft day. Before Bryant, we only had one option for starting CB opposite Ellis Hobbs, and that was talented, but unproven, Brandon Merriweather.

The Patriots no longer have to reach for a CB, and we can take a project like Cromartie without hurting our present. At this point, I think picking a CB at #7 would be out of the question.

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