The Jets will sign former Mississippi State safety Brandon Bryant, per Tom Pelissero.
The #Jets are expected to sign former Mississippi State safety Brandon Bryant, source said. Bryant wasn’t selected in NFL supplemental draft, but ran a 4.4-range 40 at pro day, could contribute immediately on special teams.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) July 11, 2018
Two players were selected in Wednesday’s Supplemental Draft. Bryant was not, which makes him an undrafted free agent free to sign with any team. He entered the Supplemental Draft after being declared academically ineligible for his final college season.
SB Nation has the following scouting report on him:
Brandon Bryant was a source of big plays for Mississippi State throughout his three years with the team. He had five interceptions for 122 yards and a touchdown in three seasons and also chipped in 3.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, and a forced fumble in that timespan.
Bryant doesn’t profile as a year one contributor on anything other than special teams, but that will not be a requirement with the Jets since Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye are entrenched as starters at the safety position. It is always difficult to project how a player will develop in his final year of college, but a number of observers feel Bryant might have been selected in next spring’s NFL Draft, making this essentially a bonus late round pick for the Jets.
Since the Jets waited until after the draft to sign Bryant, they won’t have any negative consequences for signing the free agent. If a team selects a player in the supplemental draft they lose a draft pick in the subsequent draft that corresponds with the round in which the player was picked.
Bryant played three seasons at Mississippi State, where he racked up 157 total tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, 1 forced fumble, 5 interceptions and 1 touchdown.