Monday Draft sleeper: Martavis Bryant to replace Alexander?


With the combine in full swing, we now have a better idea of the measurables for the Chargers potential prospects. Last week, some unfortunate news was released regarding Danario Alexander and his future in San Diego. Baring a miracle, it appears as though Alexander will not be on the field for the Bolts in 2014. With Malcolm Floyd’s injury leaving his season in question, and Eddie Royal’s contract making him a potential cap casualty, the Bolts are in need of a receiver.

Obviously, the most pressing position for San Diego this offseason is cornerback. The Chargers pass defense was 29th and they ranked dead last against opposing No. 1 and No. 2 receivers in 2013. I think San Diego has to focus on the secondary early in the draft, but will select a receiver at some point during the later rounds. After watching the wide outs at the combine yesterday, we saw a sleeper that could be a big-time playmaker for the Bolts in 2014 — not unlike Keenan Allen (third round pick) last year.

Martavis Bryant

Having watched Bryant’s entire career at Clemson, I know this kid has all the potential in the world. Bryant measured in at 6’4” 211 pounds, ran a 4.42 forty time, and showed off a very impressive 39 inch vertical leap. I’m not the biggest fan of combine stats, but basically all of these numbers mean he can go up and get the deep ball. Out of high school, the South Carolina native was a consensus five-star recruit. He spent his first season out of high school at Hargrave military academy to bolster his grades. Bryant’s next two seasons as a Tiger were disappointing, culminating with being sent home from the Chick-fil-A bowl in 2012 after being used mostly as a deep threat early in his career. Going into 2013, the Tigers lost wide out DeAndre Hopkins to the first round of NFL draft. Consensus number one wide out in this year’s draft, Sammy Watkins, needed a player to develop across from him, much like Keenan Allen will need the same in 2014. Bryant responded with 828 yards and seven touchdowns this past season including a monstrous two touchdown performance in the Orange Bowl.

first TD – 2:06-2:17 second TD – 3:00-3:15

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