Photo of Brannan Southerland
Grade
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  • 4.69 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 28 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 38.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 120.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.40 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.40 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 6'0" Height
  • 242LBS. Weight

Overview

Entering the 2008 season, Southerland was considered by some to be the year's best traditional fullback prospect. After missing half of the season due to a fractured left foot, however, scouts are understandably more skeptical about where Southerland fits into the draft. He missed the first seven games of the 2008 season after surgery to fix the fracture, but struggled to regain the momentum he enjoyed earlier in his career. If he can prove his health, Southerland has the size, athleticism and history to warrant late-round consideration. Had an arm span of 32 3/4 inches and a hand span of 9 1/4 inches at the combine.

Analysis

Strengths

Positives: Solid build for the position. Experienced fullback with the athleticism to contribute as a blocker, runner and receiver. At his best blocking on the move. Locates his target and can break down in space to hit him squarely. Keeps his legs churning and maintains good contact with his target. Hits the hole quickly as a runner and has flashed the leg drive for short-yardage success. Earned the Leon Farmer Award for his dedication to the UGA strength and conditioning program and was named a team captain in 2008 despite only appearing in eight games. Negatives: Flashed impressive leg drive and toughness as a runner early in his career, but has become less of a factor in the running game each of the past three seasons - dropping in touchdowns from eight (2006) to five (2007) to one (on only two total rushing attempts) in 2008. Only marginal hands out of the backfield. Not a natural receiver. Marginal initial pop as a lead blocker. Relies on agility and technique to clear lanes, rather than pure power or aggression. Didn't appear to be the same player this season after missing the first half of the year with a fractured foot. Surgically repaired navicular bone in his left foot requires a Combine check.
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.
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