Photo of Andre Branch
Drafted By: Jaguars
  • Round 2
  • Pick 6
  • Overall 38

Combine Results

Grade
86.5 ?
  • 4.70 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 19 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 32.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 120.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.19 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.25 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

Mayock's take: "That's an explosive kid off the edge. Let's give general manager Gene Smith some credit here, moving up to get his receiver in the first round and now getting a premier rusher off the edge in the second round."

  • 6'4" Height
  • 34" Arm Length
  • 259LBS. Weight
  • 9" Hands

Overview

Branch is a tall, physical and athletic end who could move to outside linebacker for a team that runs the 3-4 defense. He should be able to regularly beat NFL linemen on the rush and disrupt the passer, whether he's standing up or has his hand on the ground. Because of his versatility and pass-rushing ability, he should come off the board late in the second round.

Analysis

Strengths

The big, athletic Branch uses his flexibility to dip around linemen and reach the backfield. He has an uncanny knack for beating blocks and moving past linemen, and has the burst to close once he's there. He uses his hands well and sets the edge nicely against the run, but his skill at rushing the passer represents his primary value to NFL teams.

Weaknesses

Branch is less effective against the run than the pass. He will play high at times, and can be overpowered by two blockers, deficiencies that will likely encourage pro teams to make him a linebacker.
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Grade Title Draft (Round) Description
96-100 Future Hall of Famer Top Pick A once-in-a-generation type prospect who could change how his position is played
85-95 Immediate Starter 1st An impact player with the ability/intangibles to become a Pro Bowl player. Expect to start immediately except in a unique situation (i.e. behind a veteran starter).
70-84 Eventual Starter 2nd-3rd A quality player who will contribute to the team early on and is expected to develop into a starter. A reliable player who brings value to the position.
50-69 Draftable Player 4th-7th A prospect with the ability to make team as a backup/role player. Needs to be a special teams contributor at applicable positions. Players in the high range of this category might have long-term potential.
20-49 Free Agent UDFA A player with solid measurables, intangibles, college achievements, or a developing skill that warrants an opportunity in an NFL camp. In the right situation, he could earn a place on a 53-man roster, but most likely will be a practice squad player or a camp body.

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