Clemson - Tigers
Andre Branch - #40 - DE-OLB
|Event||Ht||Wt||Hand||Arm||Wing||Wonderlic||40 yard||BP||BJ||VJ||20s||60s||3 Cn|
|03/08/2012 Clemson Pro Day||6-4 1/2||258||9 3/8||33||82|
|02/29/2012 Combine||6-4 1/4||259||9||34||81 3/4||4.69||19||10'0"||32 1/2||4.27||7.20|
|03/15/2011 Junior Pro Day||6-4 1/4||260||9 1/8||33 7/8||81 3/4||4.65|
Outside linebacker-tight end who also played basketball as a Virginia prep. Redshirted in 2007. Appeared in seven games in ’08 and recorded 11 tackles, one for loss and zero sacks with a pass batted down. Sustained a concussion during ’09 fall camp. A backup in the fall, tallied 46-8-2 with two batted passes in 14 games. Started all 13 games at the “bandit” end opposite Tampa Bay Buccaneers ’11 second-rounder Da’Quan Bowers, posting 49-51⁄2-4 with seven batted passes. Logged 85-17-101⁄2 with one batted pass and one forced fumble in 14 starts at the “bandit” end in ’11. Played with a hamstring injury the last month of the season and opted out of the Senior Bowl because of it. Team captain.Positives:
Well-built with long arms and looks the part. Athletic mover. Sudden first step — bursts off the ball and can bend the edge. Disruptive pass-rush ability (see Boston College, Virginia Tech). Quick-handed to play off blocks and disengage. Good closing speed. Strong wrap tackler when he has a bead on his target. Can drop into zone and matches up well with backs and tight ends in coverage. Very fluid moving through bag drills at the Combine. Has rushed from a two- and three-point stance.Negatives:
Small hands. Does not have great eyes and instincts — displays a tendency to stand up too upright out of his stance. Can be late to locate the ball and bites on play-action. Needs to cultivate a more diverse array of pass-rush moves. Could stand to improve hand use. Lacks elite flexibility. Average change of direction. Struggles to feel pressure and anchor vs. the run. Motor runs hot and cold. Only a one-year producer. Bench-pressed 225 pounds only 19 times at the Combine with a modest 321⁄2-inch vertical jump. Durability needs to be examined (back).Summary:
Long-armed, talented, unpolished, ascending talent with intriguing disruptive ability and closing burst, though he does not possess elite speed, elasticity or instincts and could be overdrafted given the demand for pass rushers. Projects best as a stand-up, 3-4 right outside linebacker.
Andre Branch's Draft Stock
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