Andre Branch Scouting Report

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Andre Branch Scouting Report

Position: DE
Conference: ACC
School: Clemson Tigers
Year/Status: Drafted
Jersey Number: #40
Height & Weight: 6'5 - 260 lbs.
Drafted 2.6 in 2012 by JAX

2012 NFL Combine Results
40-Yard Dash4.70
Vertical jump32.5
Broad jump10'0
Three-cone drill7.19
20-yard shuttle4.25

2012 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report:

Andre Branch, DE, Clemson

After redshirting in 2007, Branch played in seven contests in 2008, where he totaled 11 tackles. As a sophomore in 2009, Branch again did not start a game amidst the shadow of Da'Quan Bowers. However, as a junior he played in all 14 games and recorded 46 tackles (eight for loss). Now in a full-time starting role, the Richmond, VA native has blossomed into an elite pass-rusher. In nine outings (all starts) for 8-1 Clemson, Branch is first on the team in solo tackles (47), tackles for loss (12.5) and sacks (8.5).

Branch has great size at 6'5'' and 260 pounds, although he does have room to add some bulk to that frame. He runs in the 4.7 range of the 40-yard dash and has been clocked as fast as 4.65 from that distance. He has the agility to be a rush linebacker in a 3-4 defense at the next level and the size to be an end in a 4-3 scheme. He can get his hands up and knock down balls at the line or drop back and break up passes. Branch had the physical tools to go pro after last year, but a made a smart decision to return to the Tigers. He should continue to improve his pass-rushing moves, aggressiveness, and first step off the ball. As it stands, Branch should be no worse than a third-round pick in the 2012 draft.

Last Updated Nov-09-2011 by Ricky Dimon

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