Andre Branch 2012 NFL Draft prospect notes

Andre Branch
6'5, 270 pounds | Defensive end | Clemson

First word:
The physical abilities are present for Branch to develop into a very good football player.  He has a quick first step and the short area quickness needed to close on the ball.  His size and build give him the potential to play a defensive end position at the next level.

Branch's hand usage is very impressive and allows him to play both the run and pass.  It permits him to control the offensive lineman and disengage when necessary.  He has a nose for the football which is enhanced by the space he creates by locking out the blocker.

Overall, Branch has a ton of upside but needs to make more plays on the field.  He needs to develop a better pass rushing arsenal and be more aggressive.  This season he will have the opportunity to step out from Da'Quan Bowers shadow and produce.  His draft stock could soar with a strong season.

Bold statement: Andre Branch will have a breakout season with 12+ sacks for the Clemson Tigers

Games viewed: Florida State ('10), Maryland ('10), Boston College ('10), South Florida ('10)

Andre Branch
6'5, 270 pounds | Defensive end | Clemson

Notes:

  • Branch has a good quick burst off the line of scrimmage
  • However, he has poor snap awareness impacting his ability to quickly get off the ball
  • He does a nice job using his hands to lock out the defender and locate the football
  • His ability to stack and shed allows him to be a major contributor in stopping the run
  • Branch has good weight distribution and strong lower half
  • His strong lower half and hand usage allow him to hold at the point of attack
  • Branch plays the run with patience and integrity
  • However, he is to hesitate and lacks aggressiveness
  • He has limited array of pass rush moves
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