Coby Bryant

Coby Bryant

Measurements
  • Height
    6013
  • Hand
    9 3/8
  • VJ
  • Weight
    193lbs
  • Arm
    30 5/8
  • Speed
    4.54
CB Combine Averages
  • Height
    5113
  • Hand
    9 1/4
  • VJ
    37
  • Weight
    192lbs
  • Arm
    31 1/2
  • Speed
    4.49
Ben Elsner - Scout
Coby Bryant
  • Overall Rank
    76
  • Position Rank
    11
  • Position
    CB
  • Team
    CINCINNATI

Stats

Year Games Played Tackles PBUs Yds/Cov Snap Sacks Misc. Stats
2017 3 4 0 0 Played S
2018 12 33 9 1.42 0 0 TFL
2019 14 54 8 1.46 0 2.5 TFL
2020 10 35 7 1.32 0 1 TFL
2021 14 44 11 0.93 0 1.5 TFL

Build

Does he have prototype size? What is body type? What is growth potential?

Coby Bryant is high waisted, long strider with below average arm length and adequate strength in his upper body. Could add muscle to his lower half. Played 9 games his sophomore season with a fractured hand.

  • Size
    7
  • Length
    6
  • Frame/Durability
    6
Grade 6.3

Mental

Is he instinctual? Does he play with urgency?

Plays in off coverage opposite of Sauce Gardner in press and will see WR2 in majority of games. Patience grew throughout the season but dealt with mental lapses against Miami Ohio to start the season on multiple route concepts. Full effort player in coverage and in run support flexibility limits his ability to break down tackles 1 on 1 in open space.

  • Toughness
    7
  • Instincts
    6
  • Effort/Motor
    7
Grade 6.7

Athleticism

Does he have the athletic traits you want?

Above average long speed that can make up for initial mistakes with long strides. Needs improvement on flexibility in bend as he is high in his back pedal and can limit stop start explosion. High play effects his COD when hips need to be flipped and can allow for easy receptions on comeback routes and slants. Makes up for mistakes with ability to close on ball and receiver once at top speed and outstanding ability to sense and react to the ball in the air. Rarely is over matched in terms of strength in coverage at catch point but can struggle to disengage in run support. Long arms and ability to use them to manipulate blocker causes pressure on ball carrier even if he isn't able to fully disengage for tackle. When he breaks on receiver post catch, his pursuit angles suffer, and poor flexibility can lead to missed tackles when skill move is performed in open space.

  • Explosiveness
    6
  • Speed
    7
  • Body Control
    6
  • Flexibility/Bend
    4
  • Change of Direction
    5
  • Play Strength
    6
Grade 5.7

Technical

Does he have a refined skill set? Is he a projection or is his game developed enough to contribute early?

One of the better pure coverage corners at the Senior Bowl with intelligence to read/react and athleticism to close on pass catcher quickly. Cobe Bryant's biggest strength comes in forcing incompletions with make up speed and outstanding use of hands/arms to debilitate receivers as they try to bring the ball into their body. At catch point, Bryant has outstanding reaction time paired with long arms to force incompletions (15th best in NCAA in 2021). Smooth back pedal with ability to flip hips quickly vertically. Plant and drive SL to SL suffers as extended steps are necessary to sink and explode out.

  • Hip Fluidity
    6
  • Burst to Close
    7
  • Plant and Drive
    6
  • Run Support
    5
  • Cover Ability
    7
  • Twitch/Suddenness
    6
  • Backpedal
    7
  • Ball Skills
    8
Grade 6.5

Grading Scale

  • 10
    Rare
  • 9
    Elite
  • 8
    Outstanding
  • 7
    Above the Line
  • 6
    Adequate
  • 5
    Average
  • 4
    Limited
  • 3
    Poor
  • 2
    Deficient
  • 1
    Reject

Summary

What role does he play? What is his initial projection?
Coby Bryant is the 2021 Jim Thorpe Award winner and a 2x AAC 1st-Team. He became one of two only Group of 5 players to ever win the Jim Thorpe Award winner. He had 10 INTs and 45 career passes defended. Bryant plays with outstanding ball skills at catch point with the ability to close on the pass catcher quickly with long arms to force incompletions and INTs. He struggles in his bend and COD due to his high hips and lack of sink in his COD. Down the field, Bryant will create outstanding body placement on intended receiver and force them to make a reception through hand traffic. Has benefitted from seeing the majority of WR2's in his career with Gardner opposite in press coverage but has excelled in the role given to him. When breaking on the ball, his closing speed with long strides allows him to limit explosive plays. When breaking down to tackle 1 on 1 his poor flexibility in his ankles becomes apparent when he overextends, he takes himself out of the play. Can make up for poor tackle angle with good extension. Could struggle against quick footed and sharp route runners but should be able to man up against bigger bodied, contested catch receivers. Bryant will be able to contribute immediately on the outside in off-man coverage. He plays the majority in press coverage looks but rarely pressed at the LOS.

Film Watched

  • iconBest Game
  • AT Indiana
  • Sep - 18 - 2021
  • Outstanding ball skills and burst to close on receivers in off coverage
  • iconWorst Game
  • v Miami
  • Jan - 01 - 1970
  • COD and lack of flexibility was apparent in run game and in pass coverage as he struggled to sink
Best Trait
Ball Skills / Aggressiveness at Catch Point
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