ECU DE Armonty Bryant: True diamond in the rough

Joe Robbins

I have been doing some research about the 2013 draft class am familiar with almost every prospect from rounds 1-7. I, like most people, have my favorites. but in the past month, I have tried to make it my duty to make you guys aware of the later round prospects.

When it comes to the draft, most discussions surround the Raiders' first three picks which would be round 1, 3, and 4. What about those 6th and the 7th round picks? That's what am here to talk about. I am going to be making a series of post highlighting late round talent who show real promise and could actually be a potential starter or decent rotation guy for the Silver and Black. So without Further ado, let's start off with the first diamond in the rough:

Armonty Bryant, DE, East Central

Height: 6'4, Weight: 263

40 Yd Dash: 4.69 (pro day)

10 Yd Dash:1.59

Bench Press reps:15

20-yard Shuttle:4.43

3-Cone Drill:7.14

Career Stats:

30 Games Played

165 Tackles

49 Tackles For Loss

27.5 Sacks

8 Blocked Kicks

9 Forced Fumbles & 3 Fumble Recoveries

1 interception

Draft Projection: Round 6-7

Bryant Has done a lot of special things while at Division 2 East Central University. He was a First Team All-Great American Conference selection in 2011.

As a sophomore in 2010, he was third in the nation in quarterback sacks at 13.5 (most by a defensive lineman). He also picked up a Daktronics First Team All-Region award in and was named Lone Star Conference North Defensive Lineman of the Year.

He has very good work ethic with a high motor and good closing speed, vision, and awareness. Though, there is some negatives for this kid. In 2012, he was arrested for allegedly selling $20 dollars worth of Marijuana to an undercover Cop -- during practice (ouch! that sucks!). He has been trying to shed that bad name ever since and has been a workhorse. Due to his arrest, he was suspended the first 8 games of the 2012 season but still was able to rack up 10.5 Sacks and 54 tackles (17.5 for loss).

Because of this production, he was able to get an invite to the Texas vs Nation game to test his skills against better talent -- nobody could block him. This allowed him to obtain a combine invite and he has been on NFL scouting radars ever since. But enough of me babbling, here is an interview with him and a video of his play.

Interview by: Damond Talbot, College football Scout; Twitter:@drocksthaparty

Talbot :How many teams were recruiting you coming out of high school and how did you make your decision?

Bryant: Only Abilene Christian University

Talbot: At your position, how do you break down film, please inform our readers what you look for when breaking down film?

Bryant: I like to look at OT how does he play, does he take plays off what’s his weakness, I like to look at his hands how is his hands high or low, I look at the O-line if they slide protect or just big on big, I look at the center to see if he gives away the snap count, and I look for any run or pass keys from the O-line.

Talbot: Do you consider yourself a quiet leader or an outspoken role model?

Bryant: Quiet leader

Talbot: If you could take one day back and erase it from your past what day would you erase?

Bryant: The day I got arrested

Talbot: Do you have any pre game rituals?

Bryant: Pray and thank god for continually blessing me

Talbot: Have you talked to any NFL scouts throughout this process, and what feedback are you getting?

Bryant: Yes I have, I’m getting a lot of positive feedback from all scouts

Talbot: If you could compare your play to someone in the NFL, who would it be?

Bryant: Keep hearing people tell me I play like DeMarcus Ware but I like to think I have my own style of play.

Talbot: What is the most tragic event in your life that has happened and how did you bounce back?

Bryant: When I got arrested in October for a drug charge, my family and friends were really there for me to keep up and help me throughout the process

Talbot: Everyone asks this question but I’m curious to know what will you buy first with your first NFL paycheck?

Bryant: I will pay for my Mother’s knee surgery so she can come watch me play