The last time the Dallas Cowboys took a player in the NFL Supplemental Draft was Defensive Tackle Josh Brent in 2010. Given their present need at safety, should they consider 2018 prospect Brandon Bryant from Mississippi State?
Bryant is one of a few intriguing players in this year’s Supplemental Draft crop. Academic issues led to him leaving college a year early.
Playing a few different positions in college but primarily free safety, Brandon has good size and athleticism for the position. At a recent workout for 14 NFL teams, Bryant was measured at 5’11” and over 200 pounds.
It’s worth noting that the Cowboys were not one of the team who attended that workout.
Still, Dallas could potentially use another safety. With Byron Jones moving to cornerback, the Cowboys have just Jeff Heath, Kavon Frazier, and Xavier Woods as noteworthy players on the depth chart.
Brandon Bryant might be able to add some talent to the bottom of that group. As a freshman at MSU, he had three interceptions and returned one for a touchdown. He also had 1.5 sacks and a forced fumble despite only starting half of the season.
Unfortunately, 2015 was Bryant’s best year for the Bulldogs. He only had one pick in each of the last two years and his tackling numbers declined.
Along with the academic issues that cut his college career short, Brandon also was arrested for a DUI on New Year’s Day in 2017.
With the declining performance and other person problems, that may be why Dallas wasn’t among those other teams at Bryant’s workout. He doesn’t jump off the page as the type of player Jason Garrett wants.
However, as we’ve seen often, Garrett’s “right kind of guy” mantra goes out the window when they think a player’s talent is worth the risk.
Still, with almost half the NFL attending Brandon’s workout, there must be some belief that he can contribute. As such, the Cowboys might want to consider throwing a late-round pick into next week’s Supplement Draft (July 11th) and see what happens.