Photo of Braden Hansen
Grade
51.7 ?

Draft Analysis:

  • 6'6" Height
  • 307LBS. Weight

Overview

Like most prospects coming out of Brigham Young University, Hansen is married and a couple of years older than the typical prospect because he served a two-year Mormon mission. And BYU offensive linemen really haven’t lit the league on fire recently, with 1999 first-round pick John Tait the only real success story over the past 20 years. But Hansen’s durability and strength would make him a solid interior offensive line prospect worth a Saturday draft pick no matter his age or where he chose to matriculate.

He actually followed two of his brothers (Brock, Chase) to BYU after earning First-Team All-Utah accolades as a senior. He redshirted in 2006 then left for his two-year mission in Philadelphia. Coaches put him in the starting line-up at left guard in 2009, and he garnered Freshman All-American honors from the Football Writers’ Association of America. Mountain West Conference coaches gave him honorable mention notice after he started all 13 games of his sophomore season, and probably would have given him higher accolades for his play at right guard in 2011 had BYU not gone independent.

Analysis

Strengths

Tall guard prospect with bulk in the middle and fair overall strength. Anchors against power rushes and keeps leaning on his man throughout the play. Moves his feet well enough to pull as well as get correct blocking angles after engaging. Combos to linebackers in the box well, also picks up twists from either direction. Can approach second-level targets and use his length to push them out of plays. Size and length Effective cut blocker with his size and ability to get down quickly. Works hard to keep his hands inside and maintain balance as his man is trying to shed.

Weaknesses

Average overall athleticism. Height causes him to lean and bend at the waist to sustain blocks against better defenders. Recovery ability after stopping his feet is lacking, though he will give effort. Longer, stronger linemen pop off his blocks quickly and beat him to the ball. Only adequate speed out of a three-point stance and getting his hands into his man. Linebackers can out-quick him at the second level.

NFL Comparison

Joel Reitz

Bottom Line

The Utah native has started every game for the Cougars since he returned from his two-year Mormon mission to Philadelphia. Hansen has lined up at both left and right guard for BYU, adding versatility to his solid combination of size and strength up front, making him a potential late pick for a team unconcerned with his average athleticism and relatively advanced age for a rookie.
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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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