Drafted: Pick 17 of the 1st round by Arizona
Positives: Big receiver with lean, muscular upper body frame and legs...Uses his size and power to easily defeat press coverage...Plays at the proper pad level, showing quickness driving off the line...Accelerates well and is a deceptive, smooth open field runner...Sells his moves well to gain separation, displaying a good burst in and out of his breaks...Maintains excellent concentration working for the ball in tight quarters, staying focused to catch the ball in a crowd...Shows good timing as he gets vertical to get to the ball at its highest point...Has the quick, instinctive moves to make the initial tackler miss after the catch...Strong tackle-breaker who shows aggression and good effort as a cut blocker...Polished in his pattern running...Flexible athlete with the natural agility to adjust to the ball...Gets behind defenses with his strong vertical push...Has a good feel for the underneath throws and does a nice job of drawing interference calls...Shields the ball well after the catch.
Negatives: Has good acceleration, but seems to gather himself before he levels off his speed... Needs to be sharper in his cuts during isolated coverage (needs better definition in his turns in the short-to-intermediate areas)...Rounds his cuts a bit and is not considered a classic burner... Must snap off and accelerate out of his breaks better.
The athletic and swift receiver captured the 2001 Red Worrell Award, presented annually to an offensive player for exemplary conduct, loyalty, interest, attitude and improvement...Blessed with great size, hands and skills, Bryant provided a positive attitude and leadership fall for a young, but promising receiving corps...An athlete with blazing speed (10.65 in the 100 meters), he answered the call for a big-play receiver in the Lion arsenal...A hard worker with great instincts, he exhibited his athleticism with a series of spectacular leaping and sideline grabs last season... Became only the sixth player in school history to catch over 100 passes in a career, finishing fourth in school annals with 110 receptions and second with 2008 yards (18.3 avg), including ten touchdowns...Only Bobby Engram (3026 yards, 1991, 93-95) gained more yards receiving for the Nittany Lions...Added 528 yards and a score on 41 punt returns (12.9 avg).
All-Big Ten Conference second-team selection by The NFL Draft Report...Started every game at flanker, leading the team for the second-straight year with 48 receptions (sixth-best season total in school history) for 917 yards (fifth on PSU's season-record list) and four touchdowns, averaging 19.1 yards per catch...Returned 41 punts (tied the Nittany Lion season-record first set by Bruce Branch in both 1998 & '99) for a school season-record 528 yards (12.9 avg) and a score...His 528 yards topped the previous mark of 464 yards by Branch in 1999.
Central Florida...Turned the ball over on a fumble, but did gain 90 yards on 3 catches and 36 yards on 3 punt returns.
Nebraska...Followed with 8 receptions for 147 yards and 3 punt returns for 27 yards.
Louisiana Tech...Made 5 catches for 57 yards and gained 65 yards on 4 punt returns.
Iowa...Amassed 146 yards with a pair of touchdowns on 8 catches, returned 4 punts for 33 yards and made a solo tackle.
Wisconsin...Caught 4 passes for 81 yards.
Michigan...Had 7 receptions for 138 yards, including a 19-yard touchdown and returned 3 punts for 47 yards.
Virginia...Totaled 66 yards on 3 grabs.
Indiana...Made 4 catches for 83 yards and had a 33-yard punt return.
Michigan State...Returned 5 punts for 144 yards and an 81-yard touchdown, adding another score on a 41-yard catch...His 81-yarder was the eighth-longest punt return in school history.
Auburn (Capital One Bowl)...Closed out his career with a 13-yard punt return.
Started every game, leading the team with a career-high 51 receptions (fifth-best season total in school history) for 866 yards (17.0 avg) and three touchdowns...Also recorded a solo tackle.
Miami...Blazed past All-American cornerback Phillip Buchanan for a 44-yard touchdown, torching the Hurricane defender for 149 yards on 6 catches.
Iowa...Made 4 catches for 56 yards and a 10-yard score.
Michigan...Gained 104 yards on 5 receptions and 4 yards on a reverse.
Northwestern...Followed with 8 receptions for 129 yards.
Ohio State...Had 3 grabs for 67 yards and a 6-yard reverse.
Southern Mississippi...Hauled in 10 passes for 132 yards and a 3-yard score.
Michigan State...Snatched 5 passes for 107 yards.
Virginia...Finished the year with 65 yards on 3 receptions.
Played in every game as a reserve, catching four passes for 85 yards (21.3 avg) and a touch-down...Also saw action in the defensive backfield, recording four solo tackles.
Toledo, Purdue, Iowa and Illinois...Made a solo tackle in each game.
Michigan...Had 4 receptions for 85 yards and a 50-yard touchdown.
Played in every game, making seven catches for 140 yards (20.0 avg)...Scored his first career touchdown on a 65-yard reception vs. Akron.
No injuries reported.
Campus Agility Tests
4.57 in the 40-yard dash...10.65 in the 100-meter dash...36-inch vertical jump.
COMBINE AGILITY TESTS
ARM HAND TEST 40 20 10 225 VJ BJ SHUTTLE CONE
31 3/8 8 3/4 16
Attended Baltimore City (Md.) College High, playing for Coach George Petrides...As a senior, he was selected first-team All-Metro, All-City, All-County, All-State and team MVP...Team captain, who was named a member of the Super Prep Dream Team and was the 1998 Baltimore Touch-down Club's Offensive Player of the Year...In his senior season, he made 37 catches for 834 yards and 11 touchdowns and also had one kickoff return for a 67-yard touchdown...On defense, he made 77 tackles (six sacks) and one interception...In his career, he recorded 97 receptions for 2297 yards and 31 touchdowns, had 54 carries for 378 yards and four scores and 38 kickoff returns for 950 yards and five touchdowns....Also made 165 career stops, with 12 sacks, and three interceptions...Served as a basketball team captain, earning two letters...As a member of the track team, he ran the 100 meters (10.65) and earned three letters...Anchored one of BCC's winning relay teams at the 1998 Penn Relays.
Sociology major...Born Bryant Andrew Johnson on 3/07/81 in Baltimore, Maryland.
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