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Sammy Watkins is the Clemson wide receiver getting all the predraft buzz, yet that doesn’t mean he should be the only Clemson pass-catcher people should be talking about. Why? Because Martavis Bryant proved at the combine and all throughout the season that he has all the necessary tools to be a force.
Amid his junior season in 2013, Bryant averaged 19.7 yards per catch, scored 17 touchdowns and garnered an All-ACC Honorable Mention selection. His uptick in production from Year 2 to Year 3 had scouts intrigued, but it was his 4.42-second 40-yard dash time that officially put him on the map.
No, Bryant didn’t run the fastest 40 time, but it was the fastest for a wide receiver who measured in at over 6’3” tall. NFL executives love the combination of size and speed, which is why the long-strider has enormous potential at the next level.
He won’t fill a need for every team, based on the fact he has limited experience and drops too many easy passes; however, Bryant would be a perfect fit for an offense that is looking for a red-zone threat who does a nice job of positioning himself to go up for jump balls in coverage.
Currently, CBS Sports views Bryant as a second- or third-round pick and has him as its 13th-best wide receiver. Draft analyst Dane Brugler compared him to New York Jets wide receiver Stephen Hill, but to me he offers more upside than Hill.
With the proper coaching, Bryant could easily develop into a quality possession receiver. Nonetheless, until he fully develops, he will rely on his speed and jump-ball ability in the red zone.
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