With the 217th pick of the 2013 draft the Browns selected DE Armonty Bryant of Division 2 East Central in Oklahoma. Bryant originally enrolled at D2 powerhouse Abeline Christian, but did not play his freshman year leading to his transfer to Cisco Junior College (TX) before eventually making his way to East Central.
East Central, relatively unknown the football public, is the alma mater of the former Jets great defensive lineman Mark Gastineau. While at East Central Bryant forced 9 fumbles along with blocking 9 kicks and recording 27.5 sacks, including 13.5 in 2011. Bryant then missed eight games in the 2012 season due a suspension for allegedly selling $20 worth of marijuana to an undercover cop on two separate occasions.
At 6’4″ and 263 pounds Bryant ran a 4.69 forty yard dash at his pro day. Bryant’s ceiling has drawn comparisons to the Cowboys’ DeMarcus Ware due to his size/speed combination along with the fact that both pass rushers emerged from small schools. Bryant received a grade of 61 out of 100 by NFL.com which projected him as a late round pick.