The Rams in Los Angeles have this rare and unique opportunity for 15 days: Add another “Black Mamba” to the City of Angels.
The late Kobe Bryant popularized the moniker during his two decades in LA: Guiding five NBA Finals championships to the Los Angeles Lakers while establishing himself as a sports and global icon. Since then, LA’s star athletes – particularly Super Bowl 56 Player of the Year Cooper Kupp and his Rams teammate, Odell Beckham – have honored the legend by instilling a “mamba mentality” ” of their own before important matches.
But now, Pro Football Focus on Monday, April 11 has addressed one of the “best-case scenarios” for non-organizing teams’ first-round draft selection including the Rams – who did not. selection until the third round. And a PFF name mentioned for the Rams? A defender named after the legendary basketball star.
Prospect also switched his number to 8 before the biggest game of his career
Recorded by Ari Meirov of Pro Football Focus, the 2022 NFL Draft features three aspiring professional footballers with the same names as NBA legends, including two with ties to LA.
Yes, the latter potential customer has a similar name to the iconic Bryant, although the towering and physically fit Cincinnati Bearcats have its first name spelled differently.
However, this Bryant has shown his own “mamba mentality” before: On the eve of the Bearcats making their first appearance in the College Football Qualifiers at the Cotton Bowl.
Before shifting gears on the eve of the Cincy vs Alabama game, Bearcats’ Bryant also showed off his tunneling skills… on the football field:
And, by sharing a name that is almost identical to a legend, Bryant drew inspiration from the man who popularized the number 8 and number 24 in LA.
“I always go back to Kobe Bryant’s famous quote: ‘The job isn’t over,'” Coby Bryant told ESPN’s Chris Low before the Cotton Bowl vs Crimson Tide game. “And that goes from Day 1 to now. We have to go hungry.”
Bryant also revealed to Low and other reporters during the Cotton Bowl media day that before going to college, plus before he went from 7 to 8 on the football field, he wore a different number: 24, that’s his baseball number.
Bryant told reporters: “I was named after him for a reason. “Mamba Mentality is something I continue to this day.”
Bryant Considered ‘Other’ CB Cincinnati
The Bearcats are one of the few college football programs with two starting players with unique names.
One is named after a legend, the other is called “Sauce”.
The latter name, however, is seen as a more heralized prospect in the upcoming NFL Draft taking place on April 28 as Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner has been labeled as a potential overall pick in top 10 and was one of the first defenders to be made.
Bryant, however, holds this distinction: He’s the winner of the 2021 Jim Thorpe Award, which honors the nation’s best defensive back.
How This Bryant Could Fit In LA
With Darious Williams having left for the Jacksonville Jaguars, this leaves an opening opportunity as a CB in “Rams House”.
Now, Nebraska’s Cam Taylor-Britt has been labeled a potential match by Rams insider Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic.
Bryant, however, will be entering the tournament with plenty of in-game action as nfl.com’s Lance Zierlein noted in his draft record on Bearcat.
Zierlein writes: “The player who started his career for 4 years of productive work has experience helping him to develop his football intelligence and leadership qualities.”
At 6-foot-1, 193 pounds, Zierlein likes Bryant’s frame and believes it can translate to the NFL scene.
“Bryant is a good size and can be a real-time route reader, with above-average dribbling skills and a desirable brand of coverage,” he wrote.
While with the Bearcats, Bryant faces opponents in the top 10, including No. 9 Norte Dame in the 2021 season.
In addition to Zierlein, Bleacher Report’s Cory Giddings wrote about how Bryant is worth the third round but is a potential starter.
“Coby Bryant is an athletic legion who has been one half of the dynamic Cincinnati High School for the past few seasons, alongside Ahmad Gardner. While he may be the lesser-known full-back, he has similar skills that support his covering ability,” Giddings wrote.
If the Rams pivot with Bryant in 104th, the champion will not only add a physical full-back opposite Jalen Ramsey, but also give LA a “Rams House” version of “Black Mamba.”
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