Cortez Broughton

Cincinnati
DT

Prospect Info

College
Cincinnati
Hometown
Class
Warner Robins, GA
r-Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 2"
293 lbs
32 3/4”
Hands
9 1/8”

Prospect Grade

5.33
NFL Backup or Special Teams Potential
How We Grade

2019 Draft Results

Drafted by
Los Angeles Chargers
Chargers
Round 7 ‧ Pick 28
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Before Broughton found some fame on the college football field, he was a member of a Little League World Series team from Warner Robins, Georgia in 2009. Bearcat coaches are glad he filled out as he got older. He played in two games (no statistics) as a freshman in 2014 but redshirted the year due to injury. Broughton started 11 of 12 games played the following year (28 tackles, 1.5 for loss) and became an all-conference player in 2016, starting all 12 games and racking up 42 stops, five for loss, and 2.5 sacks to garner second-team honors. He started all 12 games again in 2017, making 34 tackles, 3.5 for loss, and a sack. AAC coaches voted him first-team all-conference in 2018, as the 13-game starter compiled 51 total tackles and led the Bearcats with 17.5 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks while breaking up five passes.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 6-75-6
Overview
A revolving door of teachers at his position and a lack of positional consistency may have limited his success early on, but Broughton woke up in a big way this season with 18.5 tackles-for-loss and 7.5 sacks. He flashes adequate play strength and athletic ability, but he lacks desired physical traits and he doesn't have one area that is a big plus for him relative to NFL competition. He could benefit from learning from a single voice and has a chance to find a roster spot as a Day 3 selection or priority free agent.
Strengths
  • High-energy with positive leadership and personality traits
  • Played a variety of positions along the front
  • Big senior season creates intrigue
  • Keeps pad level low off the snap
  • Can be difficult for blocker to cross-face on back-side
  • Catches a scent of exploitable gaps and charges in
  • Intriguing flashes of play strength on tape
  • Adequate anchor and technique vs
  • double teams
  • Activates a functional bull-rush
  • Steadies himself to leap and challenge passes when rush stalls
Weaknesses
  • Below-average height, weight and length
  • Weight is not distributed proportionally through frame
  • Initial movements lack desired explosiveness
  • Cut blocks find their mark with too much success
  • Hands will have to catch up with feet
  • Needs to develop quicker, stronger first strike with hands
  • Works around blocks rather than controlling them
  • Uninspiring lateral rush quickness on twists
  • Underdeveloped rush moves and counters
Sources Tell Us

"He had to play with a something like five different defensive line coaches while he was there and many were way different with how they asked him to play. He will get much better with stability." -- Former UC staff member

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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