Wide receiver Martavis Bryant of Clemson may not have received as much attention in the build-up coverage to the NFL Draft as teammate Sammy Watkins. Granted, he is not on the same elite level as Watkins, but Bryant still has a chance to make an impact at the next level.
He has the excellent body frame and arm length, along with top-end separation speed that most NFL teams like to see in elite No. 1 receivers. Bryant also has the ability to climb the ladder and beat defenders at the high point for balls, which make him an enticing red zone target as well.
While all of those qualities sound like a dream to any NFL team or fantasy football owner, he does have some downsides to his game. He only had one consistent season throughout college, where he seemed to improve his concentration and not drop the ball as much. Bryant sometimes shows stiffness in making his cuts as well, so he’s not exactly a polished route runner. One of the most important things to remember is that all of the faults that Bryant has are fixable over time.
While he will need time to for his game to fully flourish at the NFL level, is he worth taking a gamble on for fantasy football owners heading into the 2014 season?
Depending on what team Bryant is drafted to, he may not receive much playing time in the upcoming year. However, if he were on a team without quality receiver depth or is brought in when other players ahead of him on the depth chart are injured, he could provide a spark for that team. He will need to commit towards learning the finer points of the game, but his physical tools could make him an impact player right away for any fantasy football team.
Bryant should be viewed as a mid-season waiver wire pick up at this point until his role will be determined. He could be a player who can provide quality depth for a owner who is plagued by injuries or dealing with fantasy draft busts. The point is that Bryant is a physically-gifted player who can make an impact instantly and can be found for relatively cheap due to the fact that he didn’t receive that much hype.