Originally posted by Baugh_Area:Madding, please help selle on Branch. I watched 3 games of his this year and came away thoroughly unimpressed.
I like his size and all his measurables, but his game troubles me. I don't think I can recall him engaging an offensive linemen in any of the 3 games. He tried to speed rush around the corner almost exclusively and it seemed to me his game as I saw it would not translate well to the NFL. What am I missing? I see the potential like I said especially due to his measurables but I do not see it on the field. I must've seen his bad games because he appeared to need a huge overhaul to have a chance to make a significant impact at the next level.
I like Branch's ability to bend around the corner. He had one of the fastest 10 yard splits of any lineman, which shows that initial burst. He also looked terrific according to scouts in dropping into coverage at his Pro-Day. So, I think some 3-4 team will see tremendous potential in the young man. Now, he is raw, and needs to work on adding pieces tod his pass rush. But, I see a guy with tremendous physical gifts that can be developed into creating a terrific NFL player. Think JPP, minus the extreme length.