Andre Branch Scouting Report

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Andre Branch NFL Draft (Photo: ICON SMI)

Andre Branch, DE/OLB, Clemson

Height: 6’4″2/8
Weight: 259
Grade: 6.8P (Grading Scale)

Film Room Notes: vs UNC , vs NC State

Arms: 34″ Hands: 9″

40 Time:  4.62 Bench:  N/A  Vertical:  32.5″ Broad: 10′ 3 Cone:  7.19

Strengths: A tall, long and athletic looking edge rusher – Branch has played both standing up and with hand in the dirt – Uses speed much more than power to win – Uses his arms to create leverage on OL and gets good extension,  punches through the chest – Looked natural and comfortable at the combine standing up during OLB drills – Disciplined edge player, doesn’t get washed down on play action and keeps contain in the run game – Stays square to the line – Decent lateral mobility – Creates separation from OL with the use of his hands – Was used on a variety of zone blitzes and showed the ability to cover RBs and TEs out of the backfield – Keeps his eyes in the backfield and doesn’t lose sight of the ball – Has a couple of above average pass rush moves including a “stutter-step then dip move” and a “hand slap” – Plays really well in space, breaks down on tackles and never out of control – Is great in pursuit, makes a lot of plays because of his motor – Powerful finisher, engulfs the ball carrier and powers through them – Probably best suited for 3-4 rush end.

Weaknesses: Doesn’t get off the ball the way an elite pass rusher at the next level needs to, reacts to first movement and not the ball – Stands straight up way too much, when he does this he is controlled easily – Needs to do a better job shedding blocks especially off the edge – Gets cut too much – Isn’t as fluid turning the corner as other rushers, tends to go way too wide, creating big rushing lanes and a pocket for the QB to step up into – Change of direction is just average, has to stop and go with too much wasted motion

Last Updated: March 9th, 2012

Tags: 2012 NFL Draft, Andre Branch

7 Responses to “Andre Branch Scouting Report”

  1. Jim R says:

    Ill take Shea McCellin all day.

  2. Jeff says:

    Wouldn’t be a bad option at the end of the 2nd round…but not before that.

    Too much further development needed as an OLB to use too high of resources on him.

  3. MJP says:

    Really like this report, I wish Branch would bring his violent hands and use his length to advantage when Pass-Rushing because he does use those traits so well to set the edge. Somehow he gets caught up trying to blow past OT’s rather than set them up or use counter moves and there’s little separation created once contact is made.

    It did look like he brings a bit more pop through contact when he rushes from the 2-point stance and he did have success with the dip and bend against VT. I would say BB would look at Branch at 48 or maybe by moving back with 27/31 but not at the end of Round-1.

    I will say Branch’s run-defense gives him an edge on other hybrids and if BB sees upside with his strength and ability to create leverage during team visits, he may get the nod. We can dream can’t we?.

  4. Billy C. says:

    “Probably best suited for 3-4 rush end”. There’s no way at 259 pounds Branch survives in the Pat’s system as a defensive end in the 3-4. I understand you stated “rush end” which would indicate third down scenarios, however, If he can play on his feet and has mobility, a more likely scenario would be the “elephant” as an outside linebacker in the 3-4. At 259 pounds you just wouldn’t get the reps out of him as a DE and for 1/2 round pick I think you want more value.






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