4. Austin Bryant, Clemson
6-4, 271: There’s a lot to nitpick over.
He was helped by being a part of an all-timer of a defensive line, and he really was the fourth-best player on the Clemson defensive front.
He came up with 17 sacks over the last two seasons, but he can get erased a bit too often and will get powered on by the bulkier linemen.
But in the NFL, he’ll be surrounded by good linemen, too, and he’s good enough to be able to generate just enough pressure to keep him on the field for that one key play needed.
There’s quickness, there’s a great motor, and he’s got the right technique to make up for several shortcomings. He’s a closer who can be an immediate third down specialist and a great part of a rotation.
Blow off all of those issues. He’ll be passed over in the first few rounds, and then someone will be ecstatic when he falls into the “great value” section of Day Three.
Projected Round: Third
Real Value: Third