The Green Bay Packers with the 27th pick selected Free Safety Joseph Bryant out of Georgia.
Bryant was the only Safety taken in the 1st round of the 2025 draft and was looked upon as a reach by most. A lot of people questioned the Packers organization for taking a Safety when they already had a loaded secondary group led by Lamichael Hayden and Darnell Savage. The Packers had the #1 pass defense in the league and defensive back did not seem like a position that needed to be addressed. To most…
Packers Defensive Coordinator Mike Pettine made a statement on why they liked Bryant and he said “This kid has been through a lot of adversity in his life and has overcome it all. He has grinded from being a 2 star High School recruit, to becoming a 3 year starter at the Univesity of Georgia, graduated with honors when everyone thought he wouldn’t make it. Blood, sweat and tears is what this kid has given to life and that is the kind of ball player we like”
Bryant is a physical specimen at 6’3 and 209 lbs. He has very good ball skills and he can run for a big boy, 91 speed. At the university of Georgia, he totaled 163 tackles, 12 interceptions and 5 forced fumbles. He was the highest ranked Safety in a weak draft class at that position.
During one of the open training camp sessions, reporters asked veteran Darnell Savage on what he thought of Bryant. Savage told the reporter “That boy is freakin huge and can find the ball. He reminds me of the former Seahawk S Kam Chancellor with his size and intangibles”.
In the Packers defense, the Safety position is the most key position of all the groups. The Packers will implement Bryant as their 3rd Safety and have him play in a similar role that former Safety Josh Jones player for so many years. In 3 preseason games, Bryant’s has totaled 3 interceptions, 1 forced fumble and scored a TD.
Bryant knows the Packers always find a way to get their 1st round picks on the field and is doing his best to separate himself from the other competition. Bryant has the goal of being the next addition to the “Snow Fly Zone” and help get the Packers back to the Super Bowl.