The Seattle Seahawks entered Day 3 of the Draft with one remaining position of glaring need: cornerback.
With their first pick of the day in the 4th round, they made a move for one of the top remaining defensive backs: Cincinnati’s Coby Bryant.
As much as we all loved the idea of Sauce Gardner falling to the Seahawks, Seattle was fortunate enough to have his defensive backfield-mate fall to the 4th round.
Coby Bryant added to Seahawks defensive backfield and that is a great thing
Coby Bryant is impressive physically. His frame is more typical for a historical Pete Carroll corner. He measured in at 6’1″ with a 74″ wingspan. His arms aren’t ridiculously long, but the extra height will help him excel on the outside.
Bryant has a lot of experience being targeted, considering how teams avoided Gardner’s side of the field. Bryant has 7 interceptions in his last 3 seasons and 26 passes defensed in the same time period! It seems as though Bryant is a player who has great ball skills and is able to help in run support.
Bryant’s speed also tested well at the combine, where he ran a 4.54-second 40-yard dash. Scouts worry he will struggle to keep up in coverage against top-end speedsters and route technicians, but being able to be coached up by Pete Carroll is a golden opportunity for Bryant. Tre Brown was a 4th round pick last year, and during his time on the field in 2021, he easily looked like a second-round talent.
I think Coby Bryant coming in shakes up the Seahawks defensive back room a bit. I would guess right now that the starters on the outside will be Sidney Jones and Tre Brown, with Coby Bryant as outside cornerback number three. Justin Coleman and Ugo Amadi will cover the slot, and Artie Burns will fall in wherever he best fits.
I would have preferred UTSA’s Tariq Woolen, who has a huge frame. I can’t get mad though, as I just wanted a corner with this pick and the Seahawks chose one of the top two or three remaining.