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NFL Draft Report

By Joe Buscaglia

DE/OLB Andre Branch, Clemson

DE Andre Branch #40
6'5", 260 lbs., 22 years old
Richmond, VA
77 tackles, 10.5 sacks (4 in '10, 2 in '09, 0 in '08)


- Speed, speed, speed. Very good dip and bend move around the edge.
- Never gives up on a play.
- Some stand-up experience, versatile for 3-4 teams looking for OLB.
- Effective in short-distance run-stuffing plays.

- Often relies on his speed move too much, subsequently gets taken out of the play by it.
- Rarely double-teamed by higher-level competition.
- Controlled once blocker gets inside his pads.
- Awareness versus screens and pitches isn't there.

Special Notes:
- 4 Sacks @ Virginia Tech, 2 @ South Carolina, 2 vs. Maryland.
- Struggled against Andrew Datko of Florida State
- Will expose LTs that aren't athletic enough.

Projection: 2nd to 3rd Round
- May rise because of timed speed and OLB versatility.
- Best suited as situational pass rusher

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