CNNSI.com NFL Draft 2002


 
Grading System
Antonio Bryant | WR | Pittsburgh | Big East Conference
Selected by Dallas Cowboys in round 2, pick 31 (63 overall)
Height Weight 40 Grade
6'1 188 4.6 3.90
Antonio Bryant
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First team All-Conference performer the past two seasons and winner of the Biletnikoff Award as the nation's top receiver as a sophomore. Led the team in receiving as a junior when his numbers were 42/659/15.7/9 also averaging 28/7.4/0 returning punts. Suffered a high ankle sprain early in the year, an injury that plagued him throughout the entire season. Turned in an outstanding performance during his sophomore campaign with numbers of 68/1,302/19.1/11, leading the nation in receiving yards per game and having eight receptions of longer than 50 yards. Also averaged 16/11.3/0 that same year returning punts. Made an impact as a true freshman when his receiving totals were 51/844/16.5/6. Has had several off the field incidents in the past which have resulted in suspension from the team on more than one occasion.

Game-impacting receiver and a major offensive threat when focused. Strong at the point of attack, gets off jams at the line of scrimmage and finds the open spot on the field, making himself an available target. Reads the defense, gets lost in the coverage and, though double-teamed, sneaks it downfield on occasion. Fluid, agile and displays terrific adjustment to the throw. Extends his hands, looks the pass in and catches the ball away from his body, displaying strong hands and plucking the ball out of the air. Makes the difficult catch in a crowd or when defenders are draped all over him. Adequate route runner that comes back to the ball out of his breaks and works to pick up yardage running after the catch. Times and anticipates his receptions and displays almost a sixth sense as to where the ball is in the air and where it will be when he catches it. Seemingly gives half-hearted effort at times. Lazily releases off the snap of the ball, does not always work to make the reception if the pass is not in his immediate area, nor is he always willing to fight for the difficult catch. Loses focus, concentration and drops the easy throw just as quickly as he makes the one-handed acrobatic reception. Not fast, lacks the top end speed and not big for a possession receiver. Must also improve his ball security. Confident in himself to the point where he'd be classified as arrogant. Has the abilities to be a force at the next level if he's willing to commit himself on and off the football field and get his priorities in order. Combine workouts, which were less than desirable, pushed him out of the first frame. Early Second Round.

2001 Receiving Statistics
Receptions Receiving Yards Yards Per Reception Touchdowns
49 760 15.5 11

2001 Rushing Statistics
Rushing Yards Attempts Average per Rush Touchdowns
0 0 0

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