Coaches like confidence, so they won't be concerned that Brantley said before his junior season that he was "the best defensive tackle in the country" and that he didn't "think it was close." SEC coaches named him second-team All-SEC in 2016 as he tied for Gators' lead in tackles for loss (8.5, 2.5 sacks) as a 10-game starter. The former first-team All-Florida high schooler started 10 games in 2015, as well (6.5 TFL, three sacks). As a freshman, Brantley played consistently enough (12 games, 21 tackles, four for loss) to earn the start in the team's bowl game.
Compact frame with lean muscle mass and thickness in his arms and legs. Has tremendous play strength and can dislodge guards with hip torque. Plays hungry and with passion. Able to plant his flag and stand his ground against double teams. When he gets the snap timed up, it's over. Has the initial quickness and play strength to get into the gap and plow through any and all redirect block attempts. Wants blocker to feel the power in his initial punch. Works off blocks and towards the play. Better pass rusher talent than sack total would indicate. Quick punch and pry opens blockers' edge allowing him to wedge into the pocket. Efficient mover with no wasted motion. Considers one-on-one blocks a sign of disrespect.
Straight-liner and slightly undersized. May need to add more mass on his frame. Doesn't possess the lateral agility or quickness to excel as a rusher in twists up front. Not a dynamic pass rusher. Needs to add a counter move for when his power rush stalls out. Has to prove he can handle extended snap count. Part of deep defensive line rotation and was usually kept fresh. Misses out on sacks and tackles for losses due to lack of length to consistently finish when he gets near the play. Guesses snap count. Drawn offsides 10 times over the last two seasons.
Powerful, stout defensive tackle with the quickness to play the three-technique and the power to play the nose. Brantley has the talent and traits that should appeal to both two-gap and one-gap defenses. While we haven't seen Brantley play in even half of Florida's defensive snaps in a single year, the talent is there to become an early starter and a defensive force up front.