With their first and last draft picks of the weekend, the Chargers took Jerry Tillery and Cortez Broughton, respectively. But that wasn’t enough for the Bolts as they signed another pair of defensive tackles among the 17 other undrafted free agents that were inked Saturday evening.
One of those two UDFAs knows a thing or two about the Chargers as they picked his former college teammate, Justin Jones, in the third round of last year’s draft.
Eurndraus Bryant (pronounced ahn-Dray-us) was a top rotational piece for the Wolfpack behind Jones and the rest of the talented defensive linemen that were all picked at some point in the 2018 draft. In his first full year as a starter, Bryant saw an obvious uptick in production, posting careers-highs in tackles (25), tackles-for-loss (4.5), and sacks (2.5). He even had an interception in their game against Texas A&M.
At 6-foot-1 and 330 pounds, Bryant mostly resembles current Chargers veteran Brandon Mebane. He’s stout around the middle, almost looking as wide as he is tall.
Eurndraus Bryant – NC State Interior Defender— PFF LA Chargers (@PFF_Chargers) April 30, 2019
6'1" 330 lbs.
▪️80.2 Defense Grade (8th among ACC DIs)
▪️85.8 Run-Defense Grade (8th among ACC DIs)
▪️0 Missed Tackles pic.twitter.com/8r8TFTEQFp
According to Pro Football Focus, Bryant was steady for the Wolfpack as his overall grade for his senior season was a respectable 80.2 which was good for eighth among ACC defensive tackles.
The most impressive stat? He didn’t miss a single tackle.
With ideal NFL-size, Bryant sure looks the part. He doesn’t get driven off the ball and can eat up double teams. He is powerful and let’s offensive linemen know it when he’s left one-on-one, but offenses were able to neutralize him by running to the outside. He doesn’t have much in terms of a pass-rush but if he can play with guys on the edge who can keep contain, he will be just fine filling gaps and eating up space.
I like Bryant’s chances of sticking with the team but he’ll have to go through veteran T.Y. McGill if he wants to do it. I’m not sure how many defensive tackles they will want to keep, but as of right now you can pencil in Tillery, Broughton, Mebane, and Jones on the depth. It’s looking more and more like five might be the magic for interior defenders.
What do you guys think of Eurndraus Bryant? Does he have a chance at making the final 53? Let’s talk about it.