Cincinnati has two draftable corners this season. The first is Ahmad Gardner, who is likely to be a first-round selection, and the other is Coby Bryant, who has benefited from teams not throwing at Gardner.
On the season Bryant, a Cleveland native, has shown that he can hold his own in coverage even if teams are trying to avoid throwing at Gardner. On the season Bryant has three interceptions, 11 pass breakups, and three forced fumbles on the season.
Being one of the three Jim Thorpe finalists, the award is given to the best defensive back in college football, Bryant has proven that he can play at a high level.
Not only has Bryant proven it this season, but his mark of 45 career pass breakups is second among active college football players, according to the Cincinnati Bearcats. Bryant, similar to Bryon Jones won’t always get interceptions, but he clearly is always able to make a play on the ball.
For the Dolphins, Bryant is the pick here because the team needs to improve out of the nickel. At 6’1”, Bryant is bigger than the usual nickel corner which will help in the run game as well as give him the advantage over smaller corners.
Assuming both Jones and Xavien Howard are on board for the 2022 season, adding Bryant could finally add a long-term staple if the team chooses to move on from Nik Needham (who had an amazing interception versus Carolina.)