Seahawks 90-Man Roster Rundown: Coby Bryant – Sports Illustrated

With the calendar flipping to July and offseason programs wrapped up across the country, NFL training camps will begin around the NFL in less than a month's time. To celebrate the new incoming season, the All Seahawks staff will be breaking down the Seahawks 90-man roster over the next several weeks, exploring best and worst case scenarios and what to expect from each player entering the 2022 campaign.
Coby Bryant, Cornerback
Height/Weight: 6-foot-1, 193 pounds
2021 Stats*: 44 tackles, two interceptions, nine pass breakups
*College stats at Cincinnati
Lightly recruited out of Cleveland, Ohio, Bryant opted to stay in state and committed to play at Cincinnati, where he played in all 12 games as a true freshman. By his sophomore season, the ball-hawking cornerback had vaulted into the starting lineup, registering two interceptions and nine pass breakups despite playing most of the year with a fractured hand. Over the next three seasons, with quarterbacks testing him frequently due to the presence of future top-five draft pick Ahmad Gardner at the opposite cornerback spot, he took advantage of a steady flow of targets coming his way by amassing seven interceptions, 19 pass breakups, and a defensive touchdown in Cincinnati's star-studded secondary. Racking up 44 tackles and reeling in a pair of picks for the college football playoff-bound Bearcats in 2021, he capped off an excellent college career earning the Jim Thorpe Award as the nation's best defensive back. Capable of playing outside and in the slot, the Seahawks picked him in the fourth round of the 2022 NFL Draft.
Best Case Scenario: Overcoming athleticism questions with outstanding football savvy and ball skills, Bryant balls out during training camp and the preseason to beat out Tre Brown and Artie Burns for a Week 1 starting nod. Picking off three passes while starting 15 games in the secondary, he earns PFWA All-Rookie honors and instantly looks the part of a day three draft steal for the Seahawks.
Worst Case Scenario: While Bryant has a decent first training camp and preseason with the Seahawks, he isn't able to leapfrog the more experienced Burns or Sidney Jones for a starting spot and spends the majority of his rookie campaign playing on special teams.
What to Expect in 2022: Despite his impressive resume headlined by a Jim Thorpe Award, Bryant somehow lasted until the fourth round in April's draft. While concerns about his athleticism may be warranted – his 3-cone drill time was in the eighth percentile among incoming cornerback prospects per Pro Football Focus – he still ran his 40-yard dash in the 4.4 range and his instincts allow him to play far faster than his testing times suggest. A technician with a great football mind who can run routes for receivers in the secondary, he has enough size, speed, and length to be a factor right away for the Seahawks and given the dearth of incumbent starters in front of him, he shouldn't be counted out as a day one starter on either side. A polished talent entering the league, the "Red Mamba" should be squarely in the mix against Jones, Brown, Burns, and fellow rookie Tariq Woolen vying for immediate playing time on defense as well as special teams and has all the ingredients in place to emerge as a day three bargain for the franchise.
Previous Seahawks 90-Man Roster Profiles
Kevin Kassis | Cade Brewer | Liam Ryan | Deontez Alexander | Elijah Jones | Josh Turner | Scott Nelson | Joshua Onujiogu | Jarrod Hewitt | Darwin Thompson | Matt Gotel | Lakiem Williams | Tanner Muse | Greg Eiland | Aaron Fuller | Shamarious Gilmore | Cade Johnson | Dakoda Shepley | Deontai Williams | Bubba Bolden | Josh Johnson | Vi Jones | Dareke Young | Myles Adams | Jacob Eason | Tyler Mabry | Jon Rhattigan | Penny Hart | Josh Jones | John Reid | Mike Jackson | Tyler Ott | Cody Thompson | Joel Iyiegbuniwe | Tyreke Smith | Bo Melton | Jason Myers | Marquise Goodwin | Tariq Woolen | Kyle Fuller | Bryan Mone | Nick Bellore | Jake Curhan | Ben Burr-Kirven | Phil Haynes | Ugo Amadi | Freddie Swain | DeeJay Dallas | Artie Burns | Marquise Blair | Tre Brown | Will Dissly

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