Martavis Bryant to declare for NFL draft

Clemson's Martavis Bryant bobbled and caught a 2nd and 3 yard to go pass near Ohio State's Armani Reeves during the third quarter at the Discover Orange Bowl in Sun Life Stadium Miami, Florida.

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Clemson's Martavis Bryant bobbled and caught a 2nd and 3 yard to go pass near Ohio State's Armani Reeves during the third quarter at the Discover Orange Bowl in Sun Life Stadium Miami, Florida.

Clemson junior and former T.L. Hanna receiver Martavis Bryant will declare early for the NFL draft.

Bryant told the Post & Courier via text message the decision was "best for me and my family." ESPN added that he and fellow junior receiver Sammy Watkins plan to train together. Watkins has not declared yet. Clemson coach Dabo Swinney is expected to speak with draft-eligible juniors this week.

In an already breakout season, Bryant used the Orange Bowl showcase Friday night to display exactly what he brings to the next level - using his 6-5 frame to haul in two acrobatic touchdown catches.

Bryant fit comfortably into the role as Tajh Boyd's No. 2 big-play option threat this season, with eight of his 42 catches going for 30 yards and four for 40 or more. The Calhoun Falls native led the ACC in yards per catch (19.7) for a second consecutive season.

He exceeded his prior two-year receiving total in 2013's first 10 games en route to 828 yards and seven touchdowns. Bryant finishes his Clemson career with 61 career receptions for 1,354 yards and 13 scores.

Watkins is expected to announce his decision to go pro later in the week, while reports have Tiger defenders Vic Beasley (13 sacks and 23 TFLs this season) and Bashaud Breeland (14 passes defended) also joining the receiver duo.

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Wagoneer writes:

Seems a little premature since he'll likely be third round at best, but whatever. Best of luck to him.

BlueRidgeBengal writes:

i think his stock rises following the combine and is a 2nd rounder. V Beasley leaves also in my opinion and is also a 2nd rounder. However B Breeland thinking of leaving is rather surprising. i think he would be an UFA.

TigerFan95 writes:

Those two catches in the Orange Bowl likely improved his stock a good bit and will end up making him a lot of money. He made the right decision if he has family to support. A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. Good luck to him in the future. Go Tigers!

harryD writes:

Can't have big time games without the boys going pro...good luck men..

michtiger writes:

I think if Bryant is leaving for the financial he is leaving a heck of a lot of money on the table. He is not even mentioned on the big boards of the draft. He will be looked as a project and remember the money drops real quick. He needs a year to be the prime receiver and show case his skills. Really be surprised if he shows up in 4th round. Hope Beasley does same. Breeland may not even be drafted. Wish them luck but hope Bryant makes the correct decision for his long term future.

TigerNE writes:

I'm guessing Bryant feels like he's put in his time since leaving high school 4 years ago. And he's got no interested in college or getting a degree. So he's rolling the dice and relying on his raw talent more than his college stats to make it in the NFL.

I can't see him being picked any earlier than 4th round and he'd be lucky at that. But I wish him luck to get a slot and much success once there!

CUNo1Fan writes:

I agree with mich and Tiger above. Bryant will not be highly drafted. IMO he will actually lose money by going to the draft now vs. returning as the Tigers primary receiver next year. The salary he will receive this year and next year will not equal the salary and signing bonus he would receive by returning as the primary receiver next year. Just not an overall smart financial move for him IMO. Dabo is close to being right when he says if you're not pretty much a guaranteed first round pick then you should return for your last year - only I would put it as a guaranteed first or second round pick.

Oh well best to him but I believe he will end up regretting it in the long run.

tigerrob44#291802 writes:

The difference in the first round versus the 3rd or 4th round is millions. If you have been poor your entire life one more year isn't gonna kill you. These guys thinking about leaving need to give some serious thought on this. Someone may come along next year better than you then it's bye, bye, buddy. The life span for an NFL player isn't that long to begin with so you need to maximize your money early and wait until you can be a first round pick, if you ever can. NFL contracts are not guaranteed. Some of the bonus money is if not all so that's another reason to wait until you can get the most.

tigerrob44#291802 writes:

in response to michtiger:

I think if Bryant is leaving for the financial he is leaving a heck of a lot of money on the table. He is not even mentioned on the big boards of the draft. He will be looked as a project and remember the money drops real quick. He needs a year to be the prime receiver and show case his skills. Really be surprised if he shows up in 4th round. Hope Beasley does same. Breeland may not even be drafted. Wish them luck but hope Bryant makes the correct decision for his long term future.

He is leaving millions of dollars on the table. There is a huge difference in 4th round money and 1st round money. He may be a first round pick next year but nowhere close to a first rounder this year. He's losing $10,000,000 by leaving now.

brookesdad729 writes:

I wish Bryant the best but I don't think he should leave. He's leaving a lot of money on the table by doing so because he really didn't come on til the last half of the year and was inconsistent until that point, but hey it is what it is! I pray that he does well and go Tigers!

TigerNE writes:

in response to tigerrob44#291802:

He is leaving millions of dollars on the table. There is a huge difference in 4th round money and 1st round money. He may be a first round pick next year but nowhere close to a first rounder this year. He's losing $10,000,000 by leaving now.

Maybe he considers even the minimums enough for his situation. There is a wider gap between no income and two kids and low level NFL income than perhaps the income difference between a 1st round and 4th or 5th round contract. Not necessarily in absolute dollars, but in his life situation.

The bigger gamble to me is 2 or more years down the road. If his athleticism doesn't win him a great position by year 2, he very likely could struggle for his entire NFL career. No matter how long that might be.

tigerrob44#291802 writes:

To TigerNE: You may be right. $300,000 minimum pay is about $265,000 more than he would make doing anything else. His problem is all the money he may possibly get next year that is lost forever just for the sake of leaving school for not too much money. He thinks he's better than he is. He drops far too many passes. He may wind up doing ok. I hope he does but I have an ill feeling. I do wish him the best because with all the talent we have coming and what we have, we will be fine without him. Good luck and I hope you get drafted high and make a lot of money.

kellytown writes:

I know that Sammy is ready for thwe next level and he will be well compensated. the rest of these juniors need to look at what CJ Spiller did he would have been a first round draft pick if he would have came out in his jr year he elected to stay in school earn his degree and was a first round pick after graduating. I believe these Jrs got caught up in the hype after the game an let their emotions get the better of them.I wish them all the best some of them would have been better off listening to their coaches and let the dust settle before making this big of a choice that will end up costing them big $$$$$$$

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