Draft Exclusive 25: Corner Just Wants Chance

Baylor's lightning-fast Antareis Bryan worked out for the Packers last week, and we talked to him in the latest story you'll read only at Packer Report.

Back in 2006, the Houston Texans had an undrafted cornerback by the name of Tramon Williams in their training camp. Williams didn't make the team, and they thought so little of him that they didn't sign him to their practice squad.

Flash forward to today, and the Packers have one of the best cornerback trios in the league, thanks to Williams' development into a Pro Bowler. The Texans' secondary, on the other hand, is a mess.

So, it was an interesting juxtaposition that the Packers and Texans combined to work out cornerback Antareis Bryan. The National Football Post was the first to report the workout, which took place on March 23.

The 6-foot-1 Bryan — nicknamed "The Locksmith" — ran his 40-yard dash in a blazing 4.34 seconds with a 39-inch vertical leap.

Those are big-time tools, but they didn't translate into big-time production during his four seasons in Waco.

After being named to The Sporting News' All-Big 12 freshman team in 2007, Bryan looked like a breakout performer in 2008. In 10 games (including three starts), he broke up nine passes, notched his second career interception and registered 33 tackles.

But a broken foot limited him to six games (two starts) in 2009 and a pulled hamstring suffered in the second game of the 2010 season held him to eight games (two starts) and slowed him all year. In total over those two seasons, Bryan tallied 21 tackles, five passes defensed and no interceptions.

Still, with his speed, height, intelligence (National Honor Society in high school and a December graduate) and special-teams experience (kickoff coverage, gunner on the punt team, jammer on punt returner), he'll clearly get an invite to some team's training camp as a priority free agent.

"It went great," Bryan told Packer Report when asked about his workout last week. "I believe I had a good workout and I believe I showed some of the things that I hadn't been able to show in the past, based off a couple of injuries. I feel like that I'm just as talented as some of those other people if I can just get a chance to show myself and showcase my abilities."

Bryan listed Champ Bailey, Ronde Barber and the Packers' Charles Woodson as his favorite cornerbacks. He appreciates Woodson's versatility.

"Safety, cornerback, nickel back, any place in the secondary that's needed, I'm going to play," Bryan said. "I want to be able to do things like that. I look up to him for all those reasons."

After a frustrating final two seasons, these weeks before the draft are critical. Because of the hamstring, there isn't much tape of Bryan playing healthy as a senior, and he wasn't invited to the Scouting Combine to show his stuff in front of all 32 teams. So, Bryan said he was "grateful" to work out for the Packers and Texans and is looking forward to what lies ahead.

"When I'm a healthy player, the word to describe me is a competitor," he said. "I'm going to compete for everything: every ball, every run, in every aspect of the game. I believe if I do get beat on a play, I'm going to come back and try as hard as I did the play before. I never want to lose. I hate losing. I'm a great competitor."

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Bill Huber is publisher of Packer Report magazine and PackerReport.com and has written for Packer Report since 1997. E-mail him at packwriter2002@yahoo.com, or leave him a question in Packer Report's subscribers-only Packers Pro Club forum. Find Bill on Twitter at twitter.com/packerreport.

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