Martavis Bryant is a NFL scout’s dream player.
Tall, fast and tons of potential with those two components.
His sophomore-to-junior seasons, he had 32 more catches (42) and over 500 more yards (828) with seven touchdown catches.
His best games came under the lights – on a Thursday against Georgia Tech, a career-high 176 yards with a score – and the Orange Bowl, with two spectacular touchdown grabs.
NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock gushed about the T.L. Hanna product while breaking down the NFL draft Thursday. He mentioned him among prospects that could be grabbed as early as the second round.
“Boy is he gifted,” Mayock said. “Watching his Pro Day, it was he and ( Sammy) Watkins putting on a show. Great hands, even though he had a bunch of drops at the beginning of the year. He still has great hands. He’s long. He’s fast. He jumps.”
The issue, however, is his one and only consistent collegiate season.
Bryant led the ACC in yards per reception in 2012 (30.5), but on just 10 catches – backing up that impressive number ranking second in the ACC in yards per reception last year (19.7).
“There’s just a historical perspective that I get nervous about taking a one-year wonder in the first or second round,” Mayock said. “The Stephen Hill to the Jets – there’s a bunch of those guys. He has some kind of immaturity off the field issues that have to be addressed as well.”
Mayock identified the reigning champs, the Seattle Seahawks, as a landing spot because of those issues.
"They aren't scared away from guys who have minor issues or immaturities," he said. "Bryant has first-round talent, but only has one year of college production. In the back of my mind, I think, 'What if Pete (Carroll) got a hold of that guy?'"
The Miami Dolphins are another team looking heavily at receiver. The Miami Herald did their own scouting on the intriguing Bryant, offering some of the same criticisms:
"His 6-4 height stands out but because he's very lean he doesn't offer the kind of physical target one might hope. He obviously is not as physical as shorter (6-1) teammate Sammy Watkins. Bryant feels like a second or third round player because he showed lapses in concentration (read drops) and often had to double-catch passes. He's got plenty of vertical speed 4.40."
NFL draft notes
• In breaking down Jadeveon Clowney’s draft stock, Mayock pointed to Brandon Thomas’ handling him last year. He called Thomas, who recently had surgery on a torn ACL, a “heck of a player.”
* In debating who’s the top receiver in the draft, between Clemson’s Sammy Watkins and Texas A&M’s Mike Evans, Mayock said Watkins was the better football player and therefore the top receiver eligible. The analyst said Watkins’ competitive nature and edge jump off the tape, along with a “tremendous” run after catch.