Andre Branch, DE/OLB, Clemson
Grade: 6.8P (Grading Scale)
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