Kelly Bryant earns Senior Bowl recognition
|2018-09-10 21:57:44.0- -||
Clemson senior quarterback Kelly Bryant earned player of the week honors from the Senior Bowl after his performance in the 28-26 win for No. 2 Clemson over Texas A&M.
Bryant led the Tigers in passing and rushing, scoring touchdowns each way. He connected on 12-of-17 throws for 205 yards and rushed for 54 yards on 15 carries.
Senior Bowl executive director and former NFL scout Jim Nagy gave his assessment of Bryant's performance and his outlook at the next level:
"As a passer, there was one specific throw in the first quarter that stood out on Saturday night," Nagy wrote. "On third-and-15, Bryant looked left, came back right, and threw a strike on a deep dig to sophomore WR Amari Rodgers, who converted into a 64-yard gain. Scouts still want to see more consistent accuracy from Bryant but on this particular play he showed improved eyes and feet from ’17 tape. He also stepped into the throw and got drilled in the sternum upon delivering the ball. Nobody has issues with his toughness.
"From a physical perspective, Bryant no doubt has the size, strength, and mobility that teams are looking for at the next level. As a runner, he is not overly dynamic but he is expected to test well at the Combine (6.92 three cone, 33.5 VJ, 10’5” BJ at 220 lbs.) and some NFL teams we have spoken with are already considering him as a projection player to another position...
"Clemson staffers promote Bryant as a natural athlete and good basketball player, which will lead some NFL teams to project him to another offensive skill position like WR or U/F-type TE. One coach noted that he also played on the defensive side of the ball in high school so an experiment at safety will be considered by creative scouting staffs that are willing to think more outside-the-box."
Nagy said the Senior Bowl will scout the Tigers in-person for the Clemson-Florida State game on Oct. 27.
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