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David Bruton (FS)
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 219
College: Notre Dame
Conference: IA Independents
Hometown: Miamisburg, OH
High School: Miamisburg
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Selected by: Denver Broncos
Round: 4
Pick (Overall): 14 (114)
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Pick Analysis: Bruton has great measurables but he is one of the biggest corners in this year's draft. Despite his impressive drill times, he does not appear as fluid on tape. To succeed in this league, he'll probably have to play in the box. There are also questions about his ball skills. He is the second defensive back the Broncos have selected as they try to improve what was a woeful secondary.
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Overview

Bruton flashed as a playmaker in his first season as a starter in 2007, when he had 85 tackles, three interceptions and 4.5 tackles for loss. His production increased in some ways during his senior year (91 tackles, four interceptions, two forced fumbles), but his overall play did not result in Notre Dame's defensive improvement. A team captain, he has the size, speed and athleticism to potentially be a good starter and very good special teams player at the next level.


High School

Graduated from Miamisburg (Ohio) High School ... Made 54 tackles, three interceptions and broke up seven passes as a senior ... Caught 10 passes for 200 yards as a receiver ... Averaged 41 yards on four kickoff returns ... Earned All-Division I-II all-area honors from Dayton Daily News ... Won all-district honors on defense ... All-conference and special mention all-Southwest Ohio as a junior ... As a junior in 2003, intercepted eight passes, made 58 tackles and had 270 receiving yards ... Attended Notre Dame football camp in the summer of 2004 ... Coached by Tim Lewis.


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Analysis

Positives: Centerfielder with good height and upper-body build. ... Nice straight-line speed and overall athleticism for his size. ... Usually able to track down ballcarriers from behind, although he will usually take the correct angle to prevent the catastrophic play. ... Covers a lot of ground in the deep half, with the ability to high-point the ball on the sideline for the interception. ... Good hands make to quarterbacks pay for overthrows. ... Also moves inside-out well to get to ballcarriers on stretch plays, either behind the line of scrimmage or working through trash. ... Breaks down well, getting low to make the tackle in the open field. ... Long enough to wrap up in space and get a hand on the ball to force the turnover. ... Major special teams contributor for the Irish as a gunner, winning hand-play at the line, beating the double team, showing good speed down the field and securing the tackle. ... Good leader and hard worker.


Negatives: Stiff in the hips. ... Has trouble flipping open in transition. ... Adequate closing on underneath patterns and staying with tight ends, but struggles manning up against quicker receivers. ... Needs to improve reading quarterback so he can be involved in more plays. ... Not physical enough against the run or in coverage. ... Often loses hand battles and fights for the ball with receivers. ... Doesn't explode into tackles, but is more of a catcher. ... Running backs drive through his arm tackles. ... Will whiff in the open field when ducking his head instead of seeing what he hits.


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