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Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Noles 2013 snapshot: Davarez Bryant

By Corey Dowlar

Now that national signing day is behind us, NoleNation takes a closer look at the next crop of Seminoles.

Vitals: Defensive end Davarez Bryant (New Smyrna Beach, Fla./New Smyrna Beach), 6-foot-4, 245 pounds

Committed: Feb. 6, 2013 grade: 75, three-star prospect rankings: No. 77 defensive end prospect in the country, No. 463 player in the Southeast region and No. 169 prospect in Florida

Chose Florida State over: Iowa State

State of the position: Gone are three all-conference type players in Brandon Jenkins, Bjoern Werner and Tank Carradine. Jenkins and Carradine were seniors, but Werner performed well enough to justify leaving a year early for the NFL draft and is likely a first-round pick. The top overall prospect from 2012, Mario Edwards, is back after getting some experience in his freshman season. Chris Casher, a very capable player, redshirted as a freshman in 2012. Giorgio Newberry is the elder statesman of the group, but still has limited experience entering his redshirt sophomore season. Dan Hicks, a defensive end previously before moving to tight end, could move back to the position as well. scouting report: Bryant is a prospect with limited experience on the gridiron, having not played prior to his senior year and you can see that lack of experience in his play. What is also evident though is that he is a physically good looking kid with some raw tools to develop. He possesses nice overall natural size at this stage with a lean muscular build. He shows some explosiveness out of his stance, but needs to work to improve his get-off from crowding the ball better to simply consistently reacting quicker to the snap. ... Bryant is a bit of an intriguing kid who shows some flashes, but has a good deal of work to do to better maximize his physical tools and become a better football player. We don't see an immediate contributor and likely needs at least a redshirt year, but with some work and patience he is a kid who shows some promising upside physically and as a football player.

Expected impact: Bryant has a lot of work to do and not a lot of time to do it. Because of a lack of players at the position, he's not likely to take a redshirt. Though he's big and physical, Bryant is still new to the sport. He's been a basketball player for some time now and is only just learning how to play defensive end. Bryant will need to spend a lot of time in the film room and with coach Sal Sunseri this fall to further his education.