NFL draft: Austin Bryant selected in fourth round
|Saturday, April 27, 2019, 1:00 PM-|
Former Clemson defensive end Austin Bryant was selected with the 15th pick in the fourth round (117 overall) by the Detroit Lions on Saturday.
Bryant was ranked the No. 13 edge rusher by CBS Sports and No. 120 overall going in with projections in the fourth round and after - rated No. 10 on NFL.com's best available on Saturday. Bryant was held out of the NFL combine and team workouts leading up to the draft after surgery for a pectoral injury he played through down the stretch last season.
"He can really set the edge," NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah said. "All power and when you have that big three - he's kind of the forgotten man in the discussion. He's a really good player. If he doesn't have the pec (injury), I think he probably goes in the second round of this draft. Really good value (for Detroit)."
"(Lions coach) Matt Patricia likes to rotate his defensive front frequently and that unit needed depth," NFL.com's Matt Dulgerian said. "Bryant offers some pass rush energy for a defense that had the 5th-lowest pressure percentage in the league last season."
He was named a first-team All-American in 2017 with 15.5 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks. Bryant picked up all-bowl selections this past season after a Playoff run that included four tackles for loss and two sacks.
The Pavo, Georgia product finished with 153 stops, 35 for loss, with 20 sacks and 32 QB pressures over 51 games (29 starts).
He is the fourth starter from the two-time national champion D-line to be drafted, joining Clelin Ferrell (No. 4; Oakland Raiders), Christian Wilkins (No. 13; Miami Dolphins) and Dexter Lawrence (No. 17; New York Giants) in the pros.
God is always right on time! Can’t wait to get to Detroit and get to work! ONE PRIDEEEE ???? pic.twitter.com/qGDEj8arlT— Austin Bryant (@_austinbryant7) April 27, 2019
Clemson is the second ACC team in as many years to have it's entire starting D line drafted in the 1st 4 rounds.— Hale Tweets: Endgame ??????? (@ADavidHaleJoint) April 27, 2019
Austin Bryant heads to Detroit at No. 117, and four Power Rangers have now fully morphed. The 2019 class of Ferrell, Wilkins, Lawrence and Bryant breaks Lawson, Dodd and Reader's previous school best of three DL picks in a single draft from 2016.— Ross Taylor (@ClemsonFBRoss) April 27, 2019
Austin Bryant is a nice pick for the Lions at 117, especially after moving back a few spots. Got that size and length Patricia loves in his edge guys (6-4, 271, 34 5/8-inch arms). They needed a guy who can get to the QB.— Chris Burke (@ChrisBurkeNFL) April 27, 2019
I'd draft Austin Bryant just for this play: pic.twitter.com/qvtirFy7PP— Sam Monson (@PFF_Sam) April 27, 2019
A *40-year* drought ends with Austin Bryant's selection by Detroit. The Lions' most recent pick from Clemson was LB Jonathan Brooks in the fourth round of the 1979 NFL Draft.— Ross Taylor (@ClemsonFBRoss) April 27, 2019
Austin Bryant on recovering from pec surgery: "I've got a few more weeks left in my rehab."— Pride of Detroit (@PrideOfDetroit) April 27, 2019
Doesn't expect to miss any significant time, although rookie minicamp is just a couple weeks away.
Sounds like the Lions envision Austin Bryant playing the JACK role. Makes sense, plays away from his biggest weakness, being top-heavy vs. blocks. He can be "mulitple", to use Patricia's buzzword— Jeff Risdon (@JeffRisdon) April 27, 2019
let’s rock out in MO-town baby ???? https://t.co/cdGa5FMEVc— Austin Bryant (@_austinbryant7) April 27, 2019