Christian Bryant Drafted in Seventh Round by Rams

By Kyle Rowland on May 10, 2014 at 6:30p

A season-ending injury didn’t affect Christian Bryant’s draft status. The Buckeye safety was taken in the seventh round, 241st overall, by the Rams, where he’s likely destined for a special teams role.

Bryant only played five games in 2013 after suffering a broken ankle in the final minute of the Wisconsin game. Urban Meyer famously slammed his hand on the podium during his post-game press conference when he learned of the injury.

In April, Meyer admitted the loss of Bryant had a significant impact on Ohio State’s national championship hopes. Bryant was the team’s second leading tackler at the time on the injury.

Bryant didn’t participate at Pro Day because he still wasn’t 100 percent healed.

“It’s all progress,” he said. “I just want to show them I’m back at 100 percent and can cut and break and didn’t lose a step. Maybe I even gained a step or two with this comeback.”

Bryant’s small 5-foot-10 frame drew concern from scouts. But he stated his case for why it should be irrelevant.

“If you look at the safeties in the NFL, the best safeties aren’t even above six feet,” Bryant said. “It’s not really about the physical attributes. I feel it’s about how you prepare for a game and how you attack the whole situation. You’ve got to be fearless out there.”

Despite missing more than half the season, Bryant was still selected as a permanent captain.


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Crimson's picture

I'm really glad that Bryant got drafted.  Congrats!

I know others have said that he just doesn't have the measurables to play in the NFL, but he was sorely missed last year none-the-less, and he really deserves a shot after the way his season ended.

otrain2416's picture

Really proud of this kid. The Rams got a great one!

We were born to love Ohio State and hate that team up north.

Colerain 2004 G.O.A.T.'s picture

This makes my day. Congrats C.B.

I speak the truth but I guess that's a foreign language to yall.~~Lil Wayne

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teddyballgame's picture
Really happy that he's going to get a chance to prove himself.  Fuk the NCAA.


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TheSpiteHouse's picture

Great for him. All the really good defensive Buckeyes got drafted, and I expect Philly and Norwell to get a lot of UDFA looks.

TheSpiteHouse's picture

I also can't forget Kenny and C.J. Barnett, good luck to the both of them.

BassDropper's picture

Great for CB. He will make an immediate impact on special teams. Hopefully he gets his shot to join a fellow Buckeye on defense.


sivaDavis's picture

Congrats CB!!



And with all due respect. F*** the NCAA.

"I've had smarter people around me all my life, but I haven't run into one yet that can outwork me. And if they can't outwork you, then smarts aren't going to do them much good." - Woody Hayes

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Crimson's picture

And with all due respect. F*** the NCAA.

Edited for redundancy.

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sivaDavis's picture

Ricky Bobby reference. 

"I've had smarter people around me all my life, but I haven't run into one yet that can outwork me. And if they can't outwork you, then smarts aren't going to do them much good." - Woody Hayes

livinthedream's picture

That makes six.  Sorry, no Kenny G., no Marcus Hall, Philly or Pitt Brown.  But in all not a bad draft for former vest recruits.  Two first rounders, two second a fifth and a seventh.  By my count that's two more than both of those schools up north - combined.

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Deadly Nuts's picture

Marcus Hall to all the teams that passed on him:



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jestertcf's picture

This is by far my favorite draft selection of the day. Good for him.

~Because we couldn't go for three~

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You can't spell chump without UM's picture

Kenny G got signed to the Vikings.

Brady Hoke ate my comment

osubuck57's picture

So happy for CB!! Glad there was a team smart enough to draft him!!


KBonay's picture

I seriously hope that sometime in the not-so-distant future, he gets the chance to level Sammy Watkins coming across the middle.....just because.

jralvarez's picture

We love you CB!!  Gluck!