Photo of Tyvon Branch
  • 4.31 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 19 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 6'0" Height
  • 198LBS. Weight


Despite his impressive 40 time and success as a kick returner, Branch struggles changing directions. An instinctive, physical defensive back, Branch is best suited to playing cornerback in a two-deep scheme or making the transition to free safety. A team leader, Branch was responsible for the secondary calls from his cornerback position - a role usually reserved for safeties.



Positives: Athletic build. ... Good straight-line speed. ... Instinctive defender in coverage. ... At his best in zone coverage where he can track the action and read the quarterback's eyes. ... Good burst when the ball is thrown and shows the hands and tracking ability to make the tough interception. ... Supportive against the run, Branch isn't afraid to get his jersey dirty and is a reliable open-field tackler. ... Shows burst and rare top end speed to pull away from the pack as a return specialist. ... Returned two kickoffs for touchdowns in 2007 - both for 97 yards. Negatives: Slight shoulders and small waste with little room for additional muscle mass, making the switch to safety - generally reserved for heavier players - a concern. ... Despite his good instincts and stopwatch speed, Branch lacks the flexible hips to turn and run without losing a step. ... Struggles out of breaks, making him a poor fit at the next level for a man coverage scheme.
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.