The Los Angeles Rams drafted eleven players in the 2018 NFL Draft , but that number could increase as the Rams were one of 14 teams that attended the workout of Mississippi St. Bulldogs S Brandon Bryant who could be drafted July 11th in the 2018 NFL Supplemental Draft:
Mississippi State safety Brandon Bryant (5'11 207) Pro Day Results— James Layton (@RedZoneInsider) June 25, 2018
Arm: 32 7/8
Hand: 9 3/8
40-Time: 4.45 and 4.52
Short Shuttle: 4.23
3-Cone: 7.26 and 7.52
Vertical Jump: 34
Broad Jump: 10-3
Bench Press: DNP
A quick lesson in the supplemental draft. The supplemental offers players who are draft-eligible after the draft to apply. Usually, this tends to relate to players who run into NCAA infractions or academic issues as was the case with Bryant. Also, players are drafted in an auction format that is paid in draft capital in the next year’s draft. The last time a player was selected in the supplemental draft was in 2015 for the...Rams. Then headed into their final year in St. Louis, the Rams agreed to spend a 2016 NFL Draft fifth-round pick on Clemson OT Isaiah Battle. Battle never saw the field and ultimately was picked up at the end of the 2016 season by the Kansas City Chiefs on a future/reserve contract.
Here is what Chase Goodberry had to say about Bryant and the reason why he entered the Supplemental Draft.
Bryant was selected last year to NFL.com’s list of college football’s fastest players and most freakish athletes. He’s been timed as fast as a 4.24 seconds in the 40-yard dash, and can deadlift 600 pounds. At 5-foot-11, 200 pounds, Bryant made 32 tackles last year for the Bulldogs, including a season-high 11 at Auburn. He was withheld from MSU’s spring practices for academic reasons, and announced he was leaving the school in April.
The question is if the Rams spend a 2019 NFL Draft pick on Bryant. Several scouting reports suggest his best position would be in the box and that he is solid against the run. The Rams could use a player like Bryant as depth behind current franchise-tagged S Lamarcus Joyner though he may be a candidate to be coached up to backup Mark Barron as a money backer (safety that plays linebacker). If the Rams could walk away with Bryant using a 6th- or 7th-round selection I would not complain.
Would you take a chance on Bryant?