Thursday, August 4, 2011

Rookie free-agent profile: Bryant Browning, G, Ohio State

Bryant Browning 6'4" 319
G, Ohio State

13th-ranked guard by Pro Football Weekly. Better-than-average chance to make an NFL roster. Late draftable pick.

NFLDraftScout: Ranked 20th at guard, 374th overall. Late draftable grade.

2010: Team captain. Started all 13 games at right guard. Played in 2011 East-West Shrine Game.
2009: Honorable mention all-Big Ten (12). Started all 13 games at right guard.
2008: Started all 13 games at right tackle.
2007: Appeared in all 13 games.
2006: Redshirted.

Four-time Academic All-Big Ten (12).

Major: business marketing major with a 3.3 GPA. High school valedictorian.

Slight hamstring strain in March curtailed his Pro Day activities.

Pro Day Stats: (not invited to NFL Combine)
Did not run 40, short shuttle or 3-cone. 40 estimated in the 5.4-range.

33” vertical leap
8'4” broad jump (middle of the pack)
24 bench presses (average was 26.5)

Ohio State held a second Pro Day but Browning's results there were not widely reported.

The 33" vertical, if reported correctly, was better than any vertical jump by an offensive lineman at the Combine, by a half-inch. It was reported as such by Gil Brandt on, but it's really out of line with the rest of Browning's results. Then again, he was on the basketball and track teams in high school.

Positives: Three-year starter. Very intelligent, knows every position on the line. Mature and mentally tough. Big and thickly built, great size for the position. Can maul defenders in running game. Strong anchor, solid in pass protection, hard to bull-rush. Good strength and power. Has the size, discipline, intelligence and versatility to be a solid swing backup. Had interest from several other teams. High character and team leader.

Negatives: Average athlete at best. Lots of quickness and agility issues. Often late off the ball. Loses his technique when on the move. Has difficulty with quickness and is slow switching blocks. Needs to use his hands better and refine overall technique.

Compares to: Derrick Dockery.

Fun Facts: Browning and Rams fifth-round pick Jermale Hines have already been teammates for the past seven years. Both played for Ohio State, and before that, Cleveland’s Glenville High, under Ted Ginn, Sr. That makes two Tarblooders on the Rams training camp roster. Donte Whitner, Troy Smith, and of course Ted Ginn Jr. have also followed the “Glenville pipeline” into the pros.

RamView: Just goes to show how little priority the NFL puts on the guard position for a player like Bryant Browning to go undrafted. He's got three years of starting experience at a school known for producing NFL linemen, the skillset needed for the position at the pro level, and high character and intelligence to boot. I like Randall Hunt's chance of making at least the practice squad and like Browning's even better. Having played guard and tackle, with good run- and pass-blocking skills, and with his knowledge of the positions, Browning has potential to grow into the utility role if the team decides to part ways with Adam Goldberg. Another nice signing by the Rams to add needed beef to the offensive line.

Sources: Pro Football Weekly 2011 Draft Guide,, Cleveland Plain-Dealer, The Ohio State University,

Photo: US Presswire

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