Pittsburgh Steelers 2014 Training Camp Profile: Martavis Bryant

By Ryan Ratty
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There is not a name in this year’s draft class that is getting more slept on than Clemson‘s Martavis Bryant. In college, Bryant never got a lot of spotlight because the receiver opposite of him was Sammy Watkins, but the former may have the best size-to-speed ratio out of any receiver in this entire draft class. The Pittsburgh Steelers drafted Bryant thinking he would be a contributor long-term, but with Ben Roethlisberger throwing the football, Bryant could see a ton of red-zone opportunities early in his career.

At 6-foot-5, 205 pounds with 33-inch-long arms arms and 4.42 40-yard dash, Bryant is physically one of the most imposing incoming rookies. Bryant has all of the tools to be a good receiver, but he is a headache at times on and off the field. Bryant was suspended twice in college and there are problems with him, but it will be up to the Steelers to fix his deficiencies. For example, Bryant needs to work on his route-running and he also needs to work on his hands. He is a body-catcher and that is becoming a trait NFL teams hate. The good thing, however, is that Bryant has 10-inch hands and that is a trait that is unteachable.

To go with his 6-foot-5 body, Bryant has a 39-inch vertical jump, which proves even further how explosive he is and how well NFL teams could utilize him. In his first season or two, Bryant will be a nice red-zone target for Roethlisberger, but if he can improve his route-running ability by getting some gameplay, Bryant could turn into a 1,000-yard type of receiver down the road.

Ryan Ratty is a columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @RyanRattyNFL or add him to your network on Google.

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