Desmond Bryant played his 2012 season with the Oakland Raiders. Bryant is a defensive tackle with a mega frame, standing 6’6 and 310 pounds, he could plug up the middle of the line for New England beside the mega, Vince Wilfork. Nobody knew of Desmond Bryant until Richard Seymour went down for the season with an hamstring injury, and Bryant filled in, and out played Seymour’s previous eight weeks on the field. Bryant finished the season with 4 sacks, 11 quarterback hits, and 20 quarterback hurries on 350 pass rushes. That gave him the 6th highest pass rushing productivity of all defensive tackles who rushed the passer at least 200 times. He also had 18 total tackles at the end of the season. Bryant in a short period of time had a productive year. To get that kind of pressure from the defensive tackle spot is ideal, and would be great for New England, to be able to generate pressure up the middle. Bryant doesn’t have to sack the QB all the time, he just needs to pressure the QB, that helps with a QB throwing incompletions or better, interceptions. Getting pressure up the middle makes it difficult on QBs, especially pocket passers. The Patriots need to generate pressure on the QB anywhere from on the line, seeing as they struggle to get any pressure from any spot on the field.
Desmond Bryant would not command a lot of money seeing as he is not a big free agent name this year, and this past season was his first big year, and really getting to play but with him not commanding a lot of money or a long term contract, he is well worth the risk. He is a low risk, high reward kind of player. Putting him beside Vince Wilfork would be a sight to see, these two big guys right beside each other would be almost unblockable. Offensive linemen can’t block them both.