Carolina Panthers UDFA Profile: WR Lamont Bryant

Jun 12, 2012; Charlotte, NC, USA Carolina Panthers Lamont Bryant walks to the field prior to the start of minicamp at the team's practice facility at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-US PRESSWIRE


I decided last week that I would take on the mammoth project of tiling my kitchen and bathrooms. Unfortunately, before I actually get to the tiling part, the original linoleum must be removed, and this has been a regrettable endeavor so far. Let's just say that this slow and painful process seems very unattainable at the moment. WR Lamont Bryant could absolutely be thinking the same thing as he begins his own monumental task this week in mini-camp as he tries to make his NFL dreams come true with the Panthers. As it so happens, Carolina wasn't his first stop. He's already been shown the door by Baltimore, who snatched him up immediately following the draft.. The fact that the Ravens signed him as a UDFA in the first place was somewhat puzzling because they had just finished drafting Tommy Streeter, a virtual clone of Bryant, in the sixth round. Meet me after the jump for a closer look at this physical specimen.

I couldn't resist this comparison.


Height Weight Forty Vert B. Jump Bp 20 Yrd Shutt 3 Cone Wing
Lamont Bryant 6' 5" 229 4.39 43 10' 8" 19 4.38 6.78 80 1/4
Stephen Hill 6' 3.5" 215 4.36 39.5 11' 1" 14 4.48 6.88 79 1/2

Everyone of the following highlighted quotes were written by the scouting department of Profootballweekly.

Notes:

The Newport News, Va., native was a dual-threat quarterback as a prep, who also played wide receiver, free safety and defensive end. Redshirted and spent the 2007 season as quarterback. Was moved to tight end in ’08 and saw action in five games on special teams, where he blocked two punts. In ’09, he caught 18 passes for 251 yards (13.9-yard average) and two touchdowns on his way to first-team all-conference honors in 10 games. Recorded 5-55-0 (11.0) in eight games in ’10, missing three games with a torn MCL in his left knee. Played in all 11 games in ’11, catching 21-371-2 (17.7).

There's no denying his receiving totals are paltry, but the fact that he blocked two punts in a five game period in 2008 shows a special team skill that could initially be one of his calling cards in mini-camp and beyond. I'm also intrigued by the fact that Bryant played quarterback in high school. That could be something to watch in the future if he somehow beats the odds by making the 53 man roster or practice squad.

Positives:

Physically talented — intriguing length, speed and athletic ability. Covers ground with long, fluid strides and can threaten the field vertically. Has a 42-inch vertical. Adjusts to throws. Competitive after the catch. Has some upside.

Again, sounds similar to what Stephen Hill will bring to the table for the New York Jets.

Negatives:

Has struggled to add/maintain bulk and lean body reflects weight-room work ethic. Pedestrian career production against marginal competition. Raw route runner. Shaky hands. Marginal in-line blocker. Could struggle to grasp an NFL playbook and require simple assignments. Hothead with an inconsistent personality — was ejected from the HBCU All-Star Bowl for fighting. Does not have a pro work ethic.

As it turns out, there's more than a handful of reasons why this guy didn't get drafted. I'm not concerned about the some of these negatives. Route-running, shaky hands, and average blocking can be coached up. However, that last part about his work ethic will be his ultimate demise if he doesn't wake up and recognize the opportunity before him.

Summary:

Lean, athletic, underdeveloped, receiver-sized, "flex" tight end with raw physical ability and discouraging intangibles. Developmental project requiring patience and has to be managed closely to have a chance.








If ever there was a time for Bryant to change some of his bad habits, this would be it. Although his measurables are very intriguing, I can't see him lasting very long. Of course, I would love to be proven wrong, as would all of us.


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