Washington tight end Hunter Bryant figures to get a lot of attention at the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, IN this coming week as he’s rewarded as being one of the top five players at his position ahead of the draft. With the Pittsburgh Steelers presumably being in the market to draft a tight end this year, today is probably a good day to take a deeper look at Bryant and contextualized several of his targets from the 2019 season.
For the entire 2019 season, Bryant, who measures in on the short side for a tight end at 6’2″, 239-pounds, caught 52 passes for 825 yards and three touchdowns. I contextualized Bryant’s 35 targets in his six games against Cal, BYU, Oregon, Arizona, Washington State and Utah in which he totaled 26 receptions for 400 yards and two touchdowns and below are the findings from that tape review.
For the 35 total targets that Bryant registered in the six games I contextualized, his average intended yards per attempt was 8.6 yards. His average completion depth for 26 total receptions was 7.9 yards. Four of his 26 total receptions came more than 15 yards down the field and seven in total came more than 10 yards past the line of scrimmage.
Bryant was extremely productive after the catch in these six games as he averaged 7.5 yards gained on the 26 contextualized receptions. Two of those receptions, however, accounted for 58 of his 106 total yards gained after the catch in these six games. That means he averaged 2.4 yards gained after the catch on 24 of his 26 total receptions in the six games contextualized.
While Bryant appears to have a nice catch radius in these six contextualized games from 2019, he did drop three passes. Additionally, 12 of Bryant’s 26 total receptions in these six contextualized games came in the middle of the field with an average depth of 4.7 yards past the line of scrimmage.
Most of Bryant’s receptions in these six games came with him starting the play either detached from the line of scrimmage or without him being in a three-point stance.
Next week in Indianapolis, it will be interesting to see not only the results of Bryant’s measurement session, but how he performs in several of the underwear Olympic events. He should be one of the faster tight ends in the 40-yard dash this year. Bryant’s lack of overall size and how he was seemingly used at Washington, however, will likely result in him being attractive to certain NFL teams. He has a very hybrid feel to his game and thus many teams aren’t likely to view him as an every-down tight end.