Jordan Brailford

Oklahoma State
EDGE

Prospect Info

College
Oklahoma State
Hometown
Class
OK
r-Junior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 3"
252 lbs
32 1/2”
Hands
9 1/8”

Prospect Grade

5.48
NFL Backup or Special Teams Potential
How We Grade

2019 Draft Results

Drafted by
Washington
Redskins
Round 7 ‧ Pick 39
40 Yard Dash
4.65u
Seconds
 
Bench Press
22
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
37.5
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
126.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
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Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
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60 Yd Shuttle
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Playlist

Several schools west of the Mississippi had interest in Brailford coming out of Tulsa's Booker T. Washington High School, where he was a first-team all-state pick his senior year (98 tackles, 11 sacks). The home-state Cowboys won out, and after a redshirt season, Brailford contributed in 10 games his freshman year (23 tackles, 3.5 for loss, one sack). A shin injury knocked him out for the 2016 season, and he was awarded a medical hardship redshirt for that season. The following spring, Brailford missed time after requiring surgery on his shoulder. He was ready to go for the fall, though he played the first four games as a reserve before moving into the starting line-up for the final nine contests. He was a second-team All-Big 12 selection that year, posting 57 tackles, 10.5 for loss, and 4.5 sacks. Brailford became one of the top playmakers in the country as a junior, garnering first-team all-conference notice after leading OSU with 16 tackles for loss and nine sacks among his 54 total stops.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 5-6
NFL Comparison
Shane Ray
Overview
High-effort edge talent who became a disruptive presence this season thanks to scheme, motor and burst. Brailford's measurables fall a little short of NFL edge standards and his movement is more linear than lateral which creates limitations in space. He operates with decent play strength and hand violence, and he offers enough upfield rush for teams to work with. He's a likely middle round backup with special teams value, whose ceiling could be pushed higher by additional coaching.
Strengths
  • Times it up and gets off the snap quickly
  • Hard upfield push with first three rush steps
  • Maintains space from tackle to prevent being punched before his turn
  • Features an inside spin counter that may have some legs
  • Made basic drops into zone as stand-up linebacker
  • Successfully crosses blocker's face
  • Slim into gaps knifing into backfield for disruption
  • Punches above weight class at point of attack
  • Can extend and anchor to set edge
  • Used on a variety of stand-up twists and stunts
  • Reps as inside linebacker vs
  • zone-read offenses
Weaknesses
  • Undersized at just 241 pounds at Shrine practices
  • Lacks desired length as edge-setter
  • Gathering/redirecting weight in space is a challenge
  • Tape littered with missed tackles
  • Plays fast, but lacks control
  • Pursues to low-side of runner and dives into missed arm tackles
  • Unable to stay square on lateral slides with blocks
  • Content to try and burn the edge as rusher
  • Sticks to tackles who run him around pocket
  • Rush needs creativity with counters on stand-by
  • Sack imbalance with a majority coming early in season
Sources Tell Us

"Those sack numbers came out of conference and I think he had three against Kansas so you have to factor that in, but he was the most impressive defensive guy I saw at the Shrine Game." -- National scout for NFC team

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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