Brandon Facyson

Virginia Tech
CB

Prospect Info

College
Virginia Tech
Hometown
Class
Northgate, GA
r-Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 2"
203 lbs
32 5/8”
Hands
9 3/4”

Prospect Grade

5.22
NFL Backup or Special Teams Potential
How We Grade
40 Yard Dash
4.53
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Bench Press
16
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
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INCHES
 
Broad Jump
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3 Cone Drill
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20 Yd Shuttle
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60 Yd Shuttle
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It seems as though Facyson has been a Hokie for a decade. The Georgia High School All-Region corner came to Blacksburg a semester early (January 2013) and made an instant impression. He was the team's top defensive newcomer in spring practice, and then excelled as a true freshman. Facyson was a third-team All-ACC pick by league media and earned some Freshman All-American notice by starting nine of 12 games played, intercepting five passes, and breaking up eight others. The following spring, however, he had a stress reaction in his left leg which required a bone graft. He started three games in 2014, but aggravated the leg injury, missing the final nine games. Facyson also broke his leg in a December practice which required surgery. Somehow, he returned to start 10 of 12 games played in 2015, making 27 tackles, breaking up 10 passes. Facyson seemed healthier in his junior season, using his size and length to play with physicality (48 tackles, four for loss) and consistently knock away passes (11) while starting all 14 games. He started 11-of-13 games played in 2017, posting 19 tackles, two for loss, and five pass breakups.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 5-6
NFL Comparison
Daryl Worley
Overview
Facyson has terrific size and length and has tape in his background that shows off his disruptive play when his coverage is good. He struggles to stay in phase with complex routes and needs help over the top against speed. Facyson is scheme dependent and may need to be paired with a team looking for a press-and-trial or cover-two cornerback. Facyson's size could push him up the draft board by a round and he has a chance to become an eventual starter if he lands with the right fit.
Strengths
  • Excellent size and arm length
  • Crowds possession receivers deterring quarterbacks from looking his way
  • Is long enough to challenge catch points without running through wide receiver
  • Virginia Tech's all-time leader in passes defensed
  • Consistently challenges throws with play-side hand and operates with good timing
  • Able to sink into receivers along the boundary and disrupt 50-50 balls
  • Extremely mature and responsible and well-liked by coaches and teammates in his locker room
  • Quick to digest information
  • Has experience in a variety of techniques and coverage
  • Able tackler who is reliable along the edge in run support
Weaknesses
  • Reaction time in opening from press is below average
  • Footwork can be sluggish and disjointed
  • Plays top-heavy in space causing bouts with balance
  • Not much route anticipation
  • Has noticeable delay in transitions when attempting to mirror route breaks
  • Explosive receivers will lose him
  • Long speed is below average
  • Dealt with separate issues to the same leg early in his career and a wrist injury caused him to miss time this season
  • Ball production has regressed with no interceptions since freshman season and just five passes defensed this year
  • Doesn't turn to find ball consistently when back is to the quarterback
Sources Tell Us

"He's tall, he can challenge the catch, he's smart and he's a great teammate. I just see him as really limited. I'm interested to see how he runs because I thought he looked slow this year but he ran pretty well with (James) Washington on deep route and Washington can run." -- former NFL defensive backs coach

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GRADE
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