Safety Brandon Bryant of Mississippi State, who was passed over in the NFL Supplemental Draft on Wednesday, is expected to sign with the New York Jets, the NFL Network reported.
Bryant was one of three eligible prospects who were not selected in the Supplemental Draft. Only two players, Western Michigan cornerback Sam Beal by the New York Giants and Virginia Tech cornerback Adonis Alexander by the Washington Redskins, were chosen.
NFL Network draft analyst Bucky Brooks called Bryant “one of the most explosive college football players in 2016 and ’17” in his supplemental draft preview.
“Despite failing to perform up to lofty expectations during his pro day, Bryant posted respectable numbers for his position (checking in at 5-foot-11 and 207 pounds with 4.45/4.52 40 times, a 34-inch vertical and a 10-3 broad jump) in front of representatives from 14 teams,” Brooks wrote.
“On tape, Bryant flashes decent movement skills, range and toughness, but he isn’t a playmaker in the back end. Although he tallied five career interceptions as a Bulldog, he snagged three of those picks in 2015 and didn’t make much of an impact after his initial success. With questions surrounding his work ethic, discipline and attention to detail after his on-field (blown coverages) and academic struggles, Bryant is likely to be a seventh round/priority free agent prospect on most boards around the league.”
Bryant is expected to be a backup to Jets’ starting safeties Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye, who both were selected in the 2017 NFL Draft.