Brandon has the size and athletic agility to be an excellent 2-gap, 3-4 defensive end for the team that drafts him. He has those long arms that make it easy for him to keep blockers off his legs. He is strong, can handle double teams and hold them up so others can make tackles for little gain. Brandon is a head up, wrap up, squeeze and drive tackler. He has good quickness and, if his opponent makes a mistake in defending him, Brandon will make them pay dearly. Brandon is a smart player and works well with his teammates. He shows leadership skills through his play on the field. He has excellent mental toughness and stamina and is the type of player that gets better as the game goes on. He wears his opponent down mentally and physically, which allows him to step up at the end of a game and be able to make an impact play. Brandon is a quality football player. He reminds me a lot of a former player who played for the Buffalo Bills, Phil Hanson. Phil was a core player and a fan favorite who played defensive end in a 3-4 defense for the Bills for 10 years.
Brandon does not have the elite explosion off the line that others do in this draft to rush the passer. He also doesn't have very many pass rushing moves because his main responsibility was to stop the run. He also is older than most in this draft, which is considered a negative by most, but not by me. I doubt Brandon will be drafted very high, but I don't doubt his ability to impact at the next level for the team that drafts him.
Brandon seems to be under the radar and I have no idea why. Maybe if Brandon had played his last game buck naked someone would have noticed him. You might ask yourself, "Why draft a player as old as Brandon?" Here's a few reasons why you would draft Brandon: he has excellent talent, makes tackles and was an integral part of his team's defense for the last two years. Bottom line: he will impact the day after you draft him. I know he is not the pass rusher some are in this draft, but he might be one of the best run stuffing defensive ends in this draft. Oh, and by the way, he can rush the passer if you need him to. Doesn't that count for something? All I can tell you is Brandon is a sleeper pick in this draft and no matter what round your team drafts him in, consider yourselves lucky. He will make your defense better the day after you draft him. I'll give him a name... Brandon (Buck Naked) Bair. How's that?!
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Drew Boylhart March/11