Dorien Bryant Scouting Report

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Dorien Bryant Scouting Report

Position: WR
Conference: Big10
School: Purdue Boilermakers
Year/Status: Declared
Jersey Number: #9
Height & Weight: 5'10 - 175 lbs.

2008 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report:

Dorien Bryant, WR, Purdue

Dorien Bryant may be small at 5'10" and 175 lbs., but he is a big time receiver. Bryant led the Big Ten conference in catches per game for the third consecutive season this year. With 82 catches for 871 yards and 8 TDs this season, he also finished his third straight 80 catch campaign. According to an article in the Sporting News, Bryant's 287 career catches now rank him second in Purdue and Big Ten history behind former Purdue receiver Taylor Stubblefield (325). He has averaged 71 yards receiving per game for his career and caught 21 TD passes. Bryant has also proved to be extremely versatile during his career at Purdue. He averaged 28.5 yards per kick return this season, including a 98 yarder, one of his two KR touchdowns. Along with his kick and punt return duties, Bryant scored 6 rushing touchdowns during his four year stay in college. With only one career game without a catch, Bryant showed a great deal of consistency on the field. He does occasionally drop an easy catch, but tends to always hang onto the tough ones. He has the potential to be an excellent slot receiver in the NFL. The senior runs solid routes and could see his stock soar if he can run in the 4.4 range at the combine. Dorien Bryant had an inconsistent week at the Senior Bowl. According to reports from ESPN, he showed polished route running and good return skills, but only in stretches. He caught only 1 pass for three yards during the game. He also returned a kickoff for 19 yards. Bryant didn't hurt his own status, so much as many other receivers improved their own. Dorien Bryant was one of the few Boilermakers who didn't stand out at the NFL combine. Bryant hurt his stock some by running a sluggish 4.53 seconds in the 40 yard dash. That's not an awful time, but it's much slower than expected from a 5'10", 175 lbs. slot receiver. Bryant will need to improve this time at Purdue's Pro-Day on March 7 to get back into the fourth round range. Dorien Bryant was once considered one of the top receivers in this class. However, after poor showings at the Senior Bowl and the NFL Combine, he needed to help himself. He did just that by running a much improved 40 time of 4.44 seconds. Bryant is an excellent return man, but his ability to be an effective slot receiver in the NFL is still in question. His pro day workouts helped him some, but he likely won't be drafted until round five.

Last Updated Apr-02-2008 by Randall Weida

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