Seahawks cornerback Coby Bryant
Coby Bryant could be a Week 1 starter. He has the size (he is 6’1”) to be a lockdown corner and has the quickness to play in the slot or outside. But he really needs to be an outside corner. That is what he was at the University of Cincinnati and he was good enough to win the Jim Thorpe Award winner for the best defensive back in the college in 2021. Heck, if he had run a 4.5 40 at the combine, he probably would have been a first-round choice.
He has also been very good in training camp for the most part. In the last couple of weeks, he has been a bit overshadowed by Woolen but that’s probably only because Woolen has freakish physicality, like DK Metcalf but a bit less strong, and is fun to watch. But Bryant should be pretty far ahead of where Woolen is as far as technique.
But the most concerning thing about Bryant’s play versus the Steelers was his inability to tackle well early in the game. Bryant missed on several tackles and that kind of thing simply gets you sat on the bench with the Seahawks. This is a shame because Bryant could help immediately in coverage, but if he allows a catch and then lets the receiver run away from him, that’s bad.
His tackling technique was one of the few questions about him coming into the 2022 NFL draft. Based on the Pittsburgh game, it hasn’t improved much. Missing a tackle in college is not good but missing a tackle in the NFL can cost your team the game. Bryant needs to show against the Bears that he learned in just a few days how much better he can take a receiver down.