NFL draft watch: Martavis Bryant

February, 7, 2014
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PITTSBURGH -- Just like at Clemson, Martavis Bryant will be overshadowed in the pre-draft process by Sammy Watkins, a likely top-10 pick in May.

But if the Steelers target a wide receiver later in the draft Bryant could be a good fit for them, according to Scouts Inc.'s Kevin Weidl.

Here is what Weidl wrote about Bryant as part of ESPN.com's look at possible injury replacements for top players on every team:
At 6-foot-5, 200 pounds, Bryant has a long and flexible frame with excellent top-end speed. He is at his best as vertical route-runner where he displays the ability to quickly eat up cushions and run by defenders. While he has his share of drops he also has a wide catch radius and range tracking the ball downfield. Bryant has a chance to be a steal in the mid-rounds if he finds the right system like the Steelers, where he can stretch the field to take advantage of (Ben) Roethlisberger's arm strength while taking some pressure off Antonio Brown at the same time.
The drops are a bit of a red flag considering that problem sabotaged Limas Sweed's NFL career. But Bryant's size and speed make him an intriguing prospect, and the sheer depth at wide receiver could drop him in the draft. So too could the fact that Bryant does not have a ton of game tape from Clemson.

Bryant played three seasons for the Tigers but didn't start full-time until 2013, when he caught 42 passes for 828 yards and seven touchdowns while playing opposite Watkins.

ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. has said good wide receivers will still be available in the middle rounds of the draft. Bryant, who averaged a whopping 22.2 yards per catch at Clemson, seems to fit the profile of wide receivers who will still be available if the Steelers pass on one in the first two rounds.

Scott Brown

ESPN Pittsburgh Steelers reporter

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