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Andre Branch Scouting Report

Andre Branch, DE, Clemson
Height: 6’4″
Weight: 259

Strengths:

  • Improved every year in college
  • Solid overall production
  • Solid array of pass rushing moves
  • Good frame with room to grow
  • Violent hands
  • Dips his shoulder and gets the corner well
  • Disciplined, holds contain well
  • Scheme Versatile, experience standing up and playing down
  • Great height and length
  • Very good athlete with good speed for his size
  • Lots of untapped talent

Weaknesses:

  • Can be blown off the ball in run support
  • Can play high at times, losing leverage
  • Slow off the ball at times
  • Still a bit raw as a pass rusher
  • Will need to add some weight if he winds up on a 4-3 team

NFL Comparison: Cliff Avril

Andre Branch was a two year starter for Clemson that was overshadowed by Da’Quan Bowers early in his career. Branch consistently improved every year and capped it off with a great senior season in which he displayed massive improvement and turned many of his weaknesses into positives. Branch is a great overall athlete that has the fluidity and agility to make the transition to 34 OLB. Despite his lighter listed weight, he’s already a very good two-way defender and he should only get better in run defense as his body naturally matures and he gains weight. He is a good size right now and has room on his frame to add weight quickly if the NFL calls for it. He’s still got lots of untapped potential and if his career continues its current trend, he should find himself as a three-down player in the NFL and be a double-digit sack guy. Branch is a tweener that could be a good fit for either a 43 or a 34 which could make him attractive to teams that will be running hybrid schemes like the Patriots, Bills, and Dolphins but he can fit any scheme so he should be on just about everyone’s draft board.

Career Stats

Year Games Tackles TFL Sacks FF
2011 14 77 16 9.5 1
2010 13 54 8.5 6 0
2009 14 37 6.5 2 0
2008 7 10 1 0 0
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