Brandon has the size and natural strength to play defensive line for the team that drafts him. He shows good lateral agility and uses his hands very well to fight off offensive lineman and make a play at the line of scrimmage. Brandon shows a strong burst off the line of scrimmage when he is rushing the passer. His quickness and strength allow him to jolt his opponent to get him off balance so that Brandon can gain control. Brandon moves the line of scrimmage to his advantage on almost every play. He gives good effort on every play and, if you make a mistake, he will take advantage of it right away. Brandon does an excellent job defending against the run. He can engage and shed his blocker and make the tackle with the best of them in this draft. His impact position will be as a DE in a 3-4 who could move inside on third and long passing downs because of his ability to control the line of scrimmage. The teams who play a 3-4 defense must be looking very hard at drafting Brandon in this draft. He reminds me a lot of Kyle Williams (D-lineman Buffalo Bills) who has developed into a core player.
NEEDS TO IMPROVE
Brandon is a bit of a systems defensive lineman, but a good one. He has to work on his stamina. Until now, Brandon's been the type of player who has not had to work too hard to be one of the better players on the field. Brandon's work ethic will dictate how far he will go as a player in the NFL. I think for the first time in his career, his athletic talent will be matched at the next level and if he wants to become the player his talents suggest, then he had better get off the gravy train of college football.
Brandon is the type of player who could settle for being a rotation kind of guy when, in truth, he should be starting and impacting. He is also the type of player that will not work hard during the season, but then show up big for an important game and surprise everyone. Consistency, work ethic and attitude are what's holding Brandon back from being an impact player and a very high draft choice. He is smart... maybe too smart. He might also be a little lazy. I'm guessing Brandon doesn't feel the need to impress unless he is forced to or wants to himself. Drafting Brandon in the later rounds is a smart thing to do because you never know when the light will go on and a kid like Brandon starts thinking of others and not just about himself. This kid could get serious and when he does, he will become a core player for the team that drafts him if you can wait that long.
Drew Boylhart 3/10