Cleveland Browns: Troubled Defensive Tackle Gets 4-Year Contract, Could Be Big Time Steal

By Ryan Heckman


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The Cleveland Browns took a chance with their seventh round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft and selected Armonty Bryant out of East Central University. Bryant had been arrested for selling marijuana to an undercover police officer his senior year, making many of his accomplishments in the couple of smaller conferences he’s played in.

Shortly after being drafted, Bryant was arrested on DUI charges and pled no contest. Cleveland chose to keep him on the roster and Bryant should consider himself fortunate for that fact.

During his college career, Bryant consistently showed the ability to make tackles behind the line of scrimmage. The 6’4” 265 pound lineman was first team All-Great American Conference in 2011 in which he compiled 62 tackles, three sacks and three blocked kicks on the season.

Bryant had also been selected as the Lone Star Conference North Defensive Lineman of the year during his first year at East Central, a year in which he 49 tackles — 19 were for a loss — and 13.5 sacks. That year he also managed to force two fumbles and block four kicks.

As one may guess, Bryant has shown a ton of potential throughout college but has not had the maturity to merit any real hype. Therefore, he dropped all the way to the seventh round where the Browns stole him away.

If he were to make the roster, it would be a truly inspiring story. Bryant has vowed to make healthier choices and has even stopped drinking altogether according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Hopefully he gets his act together and for the Browns’ and his own sake, can make a difference with the team.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior Writer for Follow him on Twitter  @ryanmheckman, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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