Hey everybody, I'm just doing some of these scouting reports for the fun of it. I'll be going through some of the positions that the Bills have needs at, and doing scouting reports of players at those positions. I know all opinions will not mesh about some players, but that's why they call them opinions. All height, weight, and drill results will be from NFL.com.
WR Scouting Reports
Martavis Bryant, WR, Clemson, Ht: 6'4" Wt: 211lbs
Speed: Bryant has one of, if not the best, speed-size combo of any WR coming in the draft this year. He ran a 4.42 at the combine, and shows great speed on the field in any tape you watch. His short area quickness is phenomenal, and he has the ability to take it to the house when ever touches the ball. He shows good On-the-field-vision to find running lanes and take advantage of holes that other players may not be able to take advantage of. Some times, because of his speed, he tends to over run balls, but that can be put on his QB as much as him. He will have no problem getting separation on Streaks or Go routes that require him to put his head down and run. One concern is that NFL teams will want him to bulk up, I'm wondering how that will affect his speed. Overall, Bryant is an explosive athlete that was covered up by Sammy Watkins being on the same team. Bryant has much of the same skill set that Watkins has, so he was never really put on display at Clemson due to Watkins taking the same role that he would have had on offense. His speed alone will keep him in the NFL.
Speed Rating 9/10
Catching: Bryant's catching was interesting to watch. There were several plays were he made amazing, contested catches that made you want to stand up on your seat and yell. Then there were instances that he dropped the easiest balls that I could catch. So, needless to say, he struggles with drops on easy balls. He mostly catches with his hands, and knows how to fully extend his body when going up for a jump ball. He never went across the middle of the field due to his smaller frame, so I'm not sure how he handles catching balls when having to go through traffic. Overall, watching Bryant catch is maddening. One minute he is catching anything that comes his way, then he drops two or three easy passes that could have gone for big gains. Its going to drive a coach crazy. Someone is going to have to get a hold of him and help with his catching.
Catch Rating: 6/10
Route Running: Bryant's route running leaves something to be desired. This is by far his worst attribute. He tends to round out his routes, instead of planting his foot and cutting. He needs to work on not choreographing his moves to the corners, as he uses the same moves every time for the same routes. He can get knocked off his routes by stronger corners due to his lack of muscle on his frame. He does comebacks alright, but, as I said before, he uses the same moves and corners lock onto it and jump the routes for big plays. He performs best on routes that basically ask him to just put his head down and run, so that he can use his speed to get separation. Overall, Bryant is extremely raw in his route running, and will need to improve by leaps and bounds if he even wants to see the field during his career.
RR Rating: 5/10
Blocking: Bryant blocks pretty well, although it's a tad surprising due to his slight frame. He's constantly driving the corners back, and he shows good instincts when blocking for fellow WRs after the catch. He can struggle in deciding who to block on running plays, usually choosing the higher positioned player. He doesn't set the edge very well due to his slight frame, so teams might not want to run his way. He also blocks well on WR screens. Overall, Bryant is a good blocker, but with his size, he should be a "great" blocker . When he adds some more weight he will probably improve.
Blocking Rating: 6/10
Special Teams: Bryant is an explosive return man, with great vision, and a habit of making the first man miss. He played well as a gunner with his speed. His tackling will need work, but, again, if he adds more weight he will probably improve. Overall, Bryant has a great future as a return man, and should contribute on ST right away.
ST Rating: 7.5/10
I know people are gonna sit there and say, "Well, if he was compared to Stephen Hill, I don't want him." but Hill was mismanaged and over-drafted horribly. What everybody was saying about Hill coming out was that he would have to sit and learn the game a little bit, and then the Jets drafted him and did exactly what everybody said not to. They played him right away. Thus killing almost any chance of Hill making an impact in this league. Bryant will have to sit for while as well, I'm not saying he can't play, but he will only see up too 10 or 15 snaps a game.
Offensive Fit: Bryant fits almost any offense. He can play in a pure west coast offense or he could play in a pro-style offense that likes to stretch the field. Pretty much a coaches dream.
How he would fit on the Bills: Bryant would be battling with TJ Graham or Marcus Easley for the 5th or 6th WR position behind M. Williams, S. Johnson, R. Woods, and M. Goodwin. Bryant would be a potential pick with the thought in mind that he would be a #1 WR in a year or two and possibly replace Stevie. Worst case scenario he doesn't ever develop into a full time WR, and he is relegated to Special Teams.
Where he will be drafted: 3rd round
It's possible he falls, but I find it more likely somebody overdrafts, and takes him in the second round, due to his potential.
Overview: Martavis Bryant is the prototypical "BOOM-or-BUST" prospect. If he booms, he will be a top five or ten #1 WR in the NFL. If he busts he will be relegated to the practice squad and no one will remember his name. Bryant will need to bulk up hugely if he wants to succeed, as well as work on his catching and route running.