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49ers on hand for Brandon Bryant workout

The 49ers could use more secondary depth, but will they sacrifice a 2019 pick?

Fooch’s update: Gil Brandt has the full rundown of Bryant’s performance at his workout.

The 2018 NFL Supplemental Draft is two weeks away, and the San Francisco 49ers are getting their share of work in to prepare. Last week, the 49ers attended the workout for Virginia Tech cornerback Adonis Alexander. This week, they are on hand with 13 other teams for Mississippi State safety Brandon Bryant.

The Sports Xchange put together a full scouting report on Bryant, offering an NFL comparison of Armani Watts.

Bryant has an impressive athletic profile for a safety, with balanced hips and change of direction skills. He has terrific speed, but it is often negated by his below-average anticipation and awareness; his tape shows minimal impact plays outside the hashes. Bryant also battled adversity throughout his collegiate career, and NFL teams will question whether he has the maturity and thick skin required for the pro level.

Overall, Bryant has NFL-level athleticism and his blend of speed and toughness will allow him to compete for a role on special teams. However, his lack of football instincts hurt his ability to sniff out plays, and the mental hurdles could prove to be too much for him to push for on-field defensive reps.

The 49ers could always use more defensive back depth, and safety in particular has some questions behind the starters. If the 49ers were to draft Bryant, he would be behind the curve in terms of learning the defense. He would find himself likely competing primarily with Don Jones, Chancellor James, and Marcell Harris for an opportunity. Given his athleticism, he could very well prove himself early as a special teamer.