Bryan will be 23-year-old NFL rookie in 2014. A fifth-year senior, he played tight end at Vero Beach High School in Florida and chose FSU over Maryland, Syracuse, Central Florida and FIU before redshirting in 2009. In 2010, he started four games at right guard after opening the year as a reserve. In 2011, he made 10 starts between left guard and center before becoming the anchor of the Seminoles’ offensive line in 2012 with 2013 starts at center. He is a preseason All-ACC selection and on the Rimington Award List which recognizes the nation’s top center.
Bryan is a three-plus year starter as an interior offensive lineman for the Seminoles. He has experience as a center and guard, but some forecast him as a potential right tackle in the NFL as well. He has a proportioned body with equal mass in his upper and lower with smooth muscles overall. As a center, his height is not an issue because he can bend his knees and get his pads down. His overall length might be a concern if he were really going to move outside to RT in the pros.
Bryan snaps with his right-hand and is capable of under-center, pistol and shotgun deliveries. He brings solid athletic ability to the table and has the flexibility, foot agility and balance to operate in the middle. As a run blocker, he understands angles and does a steady job of position blocking his assignments. He can snap the football, move laterally, engage the defender and then run his feet to maintain contact. He is more latch-and-lean than explosion-and-power on the inside. Therefore, Bryan appears to be more effective vs. Even fronts rather than when a massive Nose is over top of him in an Odd look.
As a pass protector, he communicates well and is the proverbial “cork-in-the-bottle,” meaning that he provides help where needed to either adjacent guard. This senior uses his eyes well and recognizes stunts and pressures that come from depth. More of a body position, get-in-the-way style protector, he needs to show that he can anchor down and secure the bottom of the pocket when challenged in a one-one-one situation. He has capable hands, but has to improve his punch and extension in order to be sturdier against bigger people. Bryan has an excellent feel for screens and is light on his feet when getting out into space as a lead blocker.
In 2013, Florida State is playing a redshirt freshman quarterback, Jameis Winston, so the coaching staff will really lean on his FBI (football instincts) to take some stress off of their young signal-caller. For the NFL, he has potential starter ability as a center with the thought being that he can become a regular within three seasons. In the meantime, he brings immediate value because of his position versatility as a rookie backup. His next few off-seasons will focus on continuing to add bulk and strength in the weight room and refining his techniques on the field. The end of story is that Bryan has the necessary height, athletic ability, toughness and smarts to be an efficient player in the NFL.
WHAT NFL SCOUTS WANT TO SEE IN 2013: For Bryan to consistently get more movement at the point-of-attack in the run game and to secure the base of the pocket by sinking his weight and forcefully punching his hands and extending his arms against quality opponents.
-- Phil Savage, Reese's Senior Bowl Executive Director
Virginia Tech, North Carolina, Florida (2012)
Practice (August 6, 2013)