|East Central defensive end Armonty Bryant intriguing teams as pass rusher|
by Aaron Wilson of Scout.com, April 20, 2013 at 5:54 pm ET
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Years ago, a small school in Oklahoma produced future New York Jets defensive legend Mark Gastineau.
Now, East Central has produced another intriguing pass rusher.
Defensive end Armonty Bryant managed to generate 10 1/2 sacks last season with 54 tackles, 17 1/2 for losses, four forced fumbles and two blocked kicks last season.
At his campus Pro Day workout, the 6-foot-4, 263-pounder ran the 40-yard dash in 4.69 seconds with a 34 1/2 inch vertical leap, a 10-1 broad jump, a 4.43 20-yard shuttle and a 7.14 three-cone drill. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.78 seconds at the NFL scouting combine, improving all of his numbers at his Pro Day.
A former Abilene Christian player who attended Cisco Junior College prior to transferring to East Central, Bryant is highly regarded by NFL teams.
BR> He visited the Jets and New York Giants and worked out for the Cleveland Browns.
"Gastineau, his name did come up during the Jets visit," Bryant told FOX Sports Next in a telephone interview. "I don't dance after sacks like him. My adrenaline is going, so I do get excited. I go back to the huddle and get ready for the next play."
"This is an exciting time for me. It's a big change about to happen. I'm so excited for it. I'm anxious and nervouse. There's a lot of emotions built up in me."
In his first season at East Central in 2010, Bryant had 49 tackles, 19 for losses, 13 1/2 sacks, two forced fumbles and four blocked kicks. He had 62 tackles, 12 1/2 for losses, three sacks and three blocked kicks as an all-conference selection two years ago.
Bryant could be a 4-3 defensive end or operate as a 3-4 outside linebacker depending on what scheme a team runs.
"I'm pretty good at using my hands," Bryant said. "I'm pretty explosive off the ball. I know how to set the edge."
"My whole life, I played 4-3 end. I think the biggest adjustment would be switching up to a 3-4 and learning schemes, when to drop back. I don't think it would be a hard adjustment."
Bryant has overcome academic problems and adversity to get to this point.
"It hasn't been easy, but I just wanted to play football and showcase my ability," Bryant said. "I learned not to dwell on anything and that people make mistakes. You learn from it and move on and try to turn a negative into a positive. It makes you a better man."
Bryant is looking forward to his rookie season in the NFL.
"My first goal is to make the team," he said. "My second goal is to get some decent time and make some big plays. I love making big plays, changing the whole atmosphere of a game. Just go out there balls to the wall."
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