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Scouting Report – DE/OLB Andre Branch

Steve Shoup

2012 NFL DRAFT SCOUTING REPORT

DE/OLB Andre Branch:

DE/OLB Andre Branch

Measurables:

Height:  6’4”

Weight: 259 lbs.

PROS:

  • Quick off the snap, and lives in the offensive backfield
  • Versatile player; looks capable of playing either end or rush linebacker
  • Very good speed, both in edge rushing and pursuit
  • Uses his long arms to gain leverage and disengage from linemen
  • Very good at getting off blocks
  • Unselfish player, even when not getting to the QB, he helps push the pocket
  • Uses more than a speed rush to get after the QB

CONS:

  • A tweener; always played DE, but has better size for OLB
  • Inconsistent versus the run
  • Would need to add weight to keep up with OT’s
  • Can be a little streaky

ANALYSIS:

I like what Branch brings to the table with his speed, long arms, and variety of pass rush moves, but where does he fit?  He’s a natural fit in a wide 9 system. Outside of that though, it is unclear how he’ll be in pass coverage or against the run at the next level. While his pass rush ability outweighs those concerns to a degree, they are enough of a question that could keep him out of the top 40 picks.

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