As the 241st overall pick (26th pick of the 7th round) in the 2014 NFL Draft, Christian Bryant secured at least a brief NFL future. Indeed, he missed the 53-man roster but was able to hang on to a spot on the practice squad and signed a reserve/futures contract to stick with the team into the 2015 season.
Now nearly two years removed from a broken ankle against Wisconsin in late September of 2013, the former Ohio St. product may finally be physically ready to give it a sincere shot. Here's hoping as much.
We looked at the depth at the back of the defense in the Jay Hughes roster preview, but essentially we're looking at Bryant and 2015 UDFAs Hughes and Jacob Hagen battling underneath Cody Davis and Maurice Alexander. Davis ascended from the 2013 practice squad into special teams and limited defensive duty, so he's not invincible here.
We'll have to see how things play out in camp and the preseason. Bryant had snaps last preseason and at least kept him paid while continuing to get the ankle up to 100%. if there are any lingering issues, that's probably it for him at this level. If the ankle has fully healed though, he could be on the fringe between the practice squad and making the 53-man if everything falls right for him over the next two months.
Chances of Making Final Roster (3.5/10)
It's a tough crop for Bryant to squeeze through and come out on top of (Shout out to Team End More Sentences With Prepositions), but I don't think anything certain behind the T.J. McDonald/Rodney McLeod/Mark Barron trio at the top.
The depth here will be worth keeping a close eye on as things progress through camp and into the preseason.