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NFL Draft Diamonds Scouting Report: Bryan Keys, DT, Minnesota State – Mankato

Bryan Keys Minnesota Vikings

Bryan Keys has a workout this week with the Vikings

Bryan Keys – Minnesota State – Mankato DT                             
Last Name    Keys                    First Name      Bryan                                                           College   MSU Mankato                          

Position       DT            

Height                             Weight                                                                         40 speed      5.53                                                        Test Score
ATHLETIC ABILITY                            SECTION GRADE:  6.5
Q.A.B                             6.0Quick Feet                      6.5

C.O.D.                            6.0

Flexibility                       6.5

Coordination                  6.5

Bryan has decent quickness and agility for his size, he shows good balance fighting through blockers.Uses his quick footwork to put himself in position to beat his blocker

Bryan’s change of direction is average for a DT

Shows good flexibility bending and pushing at the LOS to shed blockers

Bryan’s coordination is good, able to shed blockers, jump over bodies on the ground and continue pursuit of ball carrier.

Toughness                    6.5Clutch Play


Consistency                  6.0

Team Player                 7.0

Pride / Quit                   7.0

Bryan shows good toughness, at times taking on double teamsN/A

Production is good, with a combination of tackles, tackles for loss, a few sacks an interception and multiple pass break ups. Career high 7 tackles in a game, with multiple games with 6.

Bryan came on and off the field a lot, whether this is due to endurance, or defensive scheme I can’t say.

He seems to care about nothing more than the team, gives max effort every play he is on the field for.

He is a prideful player, with aspirations of reaching the NFL, and has a motor that never quits.

Learn / Retain              7.0Inst/Reaction                7.0

Concentration               7.0

Bryan shows the ability to learn, having also played DE and all positions on the offensive lineShows good instincts knowing how to shed blockers, when to overpower or use a swim move..etc. He never seems to let a negative play carry over to the next play.
STRENGTH / EXPLOSION                             SECTION GRADE: 7.5
Body Type At 6’1 and 305 pounds Bryan has a good frame that NFL teams covet at DT.Bryan tore his Achilles his sophomore season

He plays with good power, exploding into his blockers

Bryan plays with good strength and good understanding of situational football.



Durability              6.0
Explosion              6.5
Play Strength        6.5
GDE        CATEGORY               COMMENTS DESCRIPTION                 GAMES VIEWED                 COMBINE NOTES
6.5 READ & REACT Reads the play and quickly reacts to pursue ball carrier Via HUDL

Vs Concord







20 SHUTTLE 1.85

60 SHUTTLE 4.80



6.5 INITIAL QUICKS Has good initial burst for a player of his size
6.5 PLAY STRENGTH Plays with great strength 
7.0 USE OF HANDS Uses his hands very well to shed blockers
7.0 SHED BLOCKER Has multiple moves he uses, along with his power to shed blockers
7.0 RUN AT HIM Bryan is a true NT who can swallow rb’s who run in his direction
6.5 PURSUIT / RANGE Good pursuit of runner, has average speed for his size 
6.5 TACKLING Tackling is good, but can improve
6.5 CLOSING BURST Once blockers are shed, and he is at ball carrier, he has a good closing burst to explode into the runner.  CRITICAL FACTORS
7.0 POWER RUSH Shows good use of power rush fighting through 1 and sometimes 2 blockers SIZE         7.0                    INITIAL QUICKS 6.5PLAY STR      6.5            COMPETES 7.0

PLAY SPEED     6.0        INSTINCTS 6.5

6.0 SPEED RUSH Speed rush is average for his size
6.5 ERRORS Doesn’t show many errors
Has good NFL sizeHas quick feet

Uses hands well

Good power rusher

Uses multiple rush moves I.E the “swim” move, etc

Dominated against lesser talent



Came on and off the field, can’t know if it is due to lack of endurance or defensive scheme.Played at a DII school, against less skilled players. Hard to project how he will do against NFL caliber talent


Bryan is a true nose tackle/1 Technique who has the size to clog holes and the ability to make plays. He uses good footwork and use of his hands, combined with a multitude of power and finesse moves to shed blockers and attack ball carriers. He dominated against lesser talent, but there is no way to tell how he will do against NFL caliber players. He also was not an every down player, whether due to a lack of endurance or that being the defensive scheme, I have no way to know. With the right coaching and opportunity I believe Bryan could be a solid contributor in a defensive line rotation in the NFL.

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