The New England Patriots are returning all five cornerbacks from last year’s highly touted defense. Stephon Gilmore, Jonathan Jones, J.C. Jackson, Jason McCourty, and Joejuan Williams will occupy the depth chart for the second straight year so it looks like there’s a slim chance anyone else can crack a spot on the roster. There is no doubt it will be a challenge, but Myles Bryant is up for it.
Coming out of Loyola High School in Los Angeles, Bryant was recruited by a lot of local schools. UCLA, San Jose State, Nevada, Colorado, and Utah State all offered him but he chose an unconventional path.
Bryant took too long to accept Washington’s scholarship offer and the school filled their spots designated to defensive backs so Bryant chose to walk on, punting on offers from multiple different schools. By the time his sophomore year came he earned a scholarship and became a starter in a defensive backfield that included future NFL players Byron Murphy, Kevin King, Taylor Rapp, Sidney Jones, and Budda Baker.
Bryant the player is another interesting story. He played mostly as a slot cornerback in college but spent a bit of time at safety as well. He is most likely going to see most of his action in the slot at the next level. I broke down what he does well on my Twitter page:
Bryant had a great game against Hawaii this past year. (2 INT, 1 sack) Here is the first pick. He starts off at the top left of the screen. pic.twitter.com/iP0iCTDh32— keagan (@KeaganStiefel) June 29, 2020
And here’s the second pick off of Cole McDonald. Receiver tries to pluck the ball out of the air on a throw behind him and Bryant rips it away. pic.twitter.com/mBUvgdgv8J— keagan (@KeaganStiefel) June 29, 2020
Overall I like Bryant. Cracking a spot on this roster is going to be really hard but playmakers find a way every year. He’s someone to really look out for once camp starts.— keagan (@KeaganStiefel) June 29, 2020
Bryant has been is this position, fighting for a job in a loaded defensive backfield with no guarantee of making the roster.
He beat the odds before, let’s see if he can do it again.
“walk-on”, now “undrafted” are two labels that are gonna be told in the story that i’m writing, that’s gonna make the ending that much sweeter. #GoPats— Myles B (@mylesjbryant) April 26, 2020