Philadelphia (even without DeSean Jackson) has plenty of pass-catching weapons. With Riley Cooper, Darren Sproles, Zach Ertz and Brent Celek signed long-term and Jeremy Maclin, Arrelious Benn and Brad Smith in place, the offense has plenty of options. However, the team could use some youth and size at the position as well. Clemson's Martavis Bryant is a fast and tall project that the Eagles could turn into a quality starter down the road.
A top wide receiver recruit from South Carolina, Bryant did not go far from home to play college football, as he committed to Clemson in 2011. As a true freshman, Bryant appeared in 14 games (two starts) and had nine catches for 221 receiving yards and two scores. He appeared in 10 games as a sophomore and produced 10 catches for 305 receiving yards and four touchdowns.
In his final season at Clemson, Bryant received Honorable Mentioned All-ACC honors. He appeared in 13 games (11 starts) for the Tigers and recorded 42 receptions for 828 yards, including 17 plays of 20 yards or more. Bryant also served as kick returner at Clemson and had career totals of 14 attempts for 291 yards.
Weight: 211 lbs
Arm Length: 32 5/8"
Hands: 9 1/2"
40: 4.42 seconds (5th among WRs in 2014)
Bench: 16 reps
Vertical Jump: 39.0 inches
Broad Jump: 124.0 inches
3-Cone: 7.18 seconds
Shuttle: 4.15 seconds
Bryant is an athlete with terrific size and speed. He has good body control despite his size and his lanky frame allows him to go up over defensive backs. Despite his lack of bulk, Bryant is a willing blocker, who has success at doing it. He is a quality redzone target and is willing to fight for the ball in the air.
Bryant's speed allows him to be a deep threat on the outside. If he is untouched, he will blaze down the field for a large gain. He has the ability to make tough catches.
Bryant is a bit inexperienced and it shows on tape. He only had a total of 19 catches prior to his breakout 2013 season and it is easy to see why. While he shows solid hips at times, he tends to run upright and is a very green as a route runner. He makes circus catches but also drops easy ones. He could stand a redshirt year in the league to add muscle to his frame and to learn the position a bit more. He seems to rely purely on his athleticism and rarely uses technique to win when covered tightly.
Bryant is a size-speed guy that would look very interesting in Chip Kelly's offense. He has everything from a physical perspective that the Eagles want, but he does not seem to be the type of football player that they aspire to acquire. He is extremely raw in a lot of places, but the Eagles could see that as a plus, as they have Maclin, Benn and Smith for at least the next season and could work with Bryant before awarding him game time. Bryant's numbers will likely put him in the 2nd to 3rd round range and he is more than likely a mid-Day 2 pick at this point. If the Eagles pass on a pass-catcher in the first two rounds, it would not be a surprise to see them take Bryant, if he was there at No. 86.