Thursday, April 3, 2014
Clemson's Martavis Bryant visits Lions
By Michael Rothstein
He won't be someone Detroit will take at No. 10, but if the Lions choose to look at defense early in May's NFL draft, the player visiting the team Thursday could be a big option on the second day.
Clemson wide receiver Martavis Bryant, who played opposite Sammy Watkins with the Tigers, visited the Lions.
Bryant is an intriguing prospect because of his size and his speed. Rated as the No. 12 receiver and No. 76 player overall in the draft by ESPN.com, his 6-foot-3, 211-pound frame is a nice one for an outside complementary receiver.
He is a dynamic vertical threat and has very long arms at 32 5/8 inches and also has 9 1/2-inch hands, large for a wide receiver. His 4.42-second 40-yard dash time was tied for fifth among wide receivers at the combine.
The biggest questions about him are about production, although that could be a tricky one considering he played opposite Watkins, the top receiver in this draft.
Bryant caught 42 passes for 828 yards and seven touchdowns last season and 83.3 percent of his catches resulted in first downs.
He kind of disappeared in the fourth quarters of games, however, as he only had five receptions for 113 yards and a touchdown in the final portion of games, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
All of those catches, though, went for first downs. He had four catches in the red zone last season -- all of them for touchdowns.
He had only one 100-yard game last season -- a 176-yard effort against Georgia Tech in November.
The numbers are somewhat difficult to analyze because of Watkins' insane production, but because of that he also knows how to be a complementary receiver, something he'll have to be comfortable with playing alongside Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate.