Alan Branch Scouting Report

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Alan Branch Scouting Report

Position: DT
Conference: Big10
School: Michigan Wolverines
Year/Status: Drafted
Jersey Number: #80
Height & Weight: 6'6 - 330 lbs.
Drafted 2.1 in 2007 by ARI

2007 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report:

Alan Branch, DT, Michigan

Alan Branch is massive (at 6'6" and 325+ pounds), with tremendous upper body strength. He is great at clogging up the middle against the run and will occasionally pressure the quarterback. Branch is also very athletic for his size and shows the ability to disengage from offensive linemen, adjust and find the ball carrier. His versatility allows him to play at nose tackle or end in a 3-4 defense and left or right tackle in a 4-3 defense. During his tenure at Michigan, he proved his durability by never missing a game due to injury. On the downside, Branch will need to improve on technique and not rely just on his size and strength to be effective in the NFL. He may need some improvement on conditioning, as he tends to be less effective late in the game. Branch is still a bit raw and has not reached his full potential, which is scary based on his current abilities. His exceptional talent and interior play against the run should make him the first defensive tackle taken in the draft. Branch is likely to be a top 10 pick in the 2007 draft.

Last Updated Feb-11-2007 by Dave Thompson

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