Draft Profile: BioBrian Branch attended Sandy Creek High School and was rated a 4-star prospect by 247 Sports with a scout's rating of 0.970, going unranked by ESPN. Following high school, Branch opted to join Alabama after being heavily recruited.
In 2020 as a freshman Branch saw action in 11 games and played a total of 290 snaps at Cornerback for the Crimson Tide. He recorded 21 tackles, 4 assists, while adding 9 stops. In coverage Branch notched up 5 pass breakups, 2 interceptions, and a solid QB rating when targetted of 79.1.
As a sophomore in 2021 he played in 15 games and logged 624 snaps for the Crimson Tide. He made 45 tackles, 11 assists, and had 22 stops. In coverage he totaled 4 pass breakups, no interceptions, and QB rating when targetted of 110.9. In addition he forced 10 total pressures, and 2 sacks during the year.
Scouting Report: Strengths
- He’s also very good in zone coverage, showing a great understanding of routes and the ability to close quickly.
- Has the length and speed to emerge as a starter two or three years down the line.
- Made Bruce Feldman's Freak's List - ranked #62. He wrote, "Brand, at 6 feet, 194 pounds, is a strong DB, squatting 565 and power-cleaning 335. He’s also got a lot of speed, having clocked 22.3 mph on the GPS system."
- Physical run supporter in the Antoine Winfield mold with short-area explosiveness to leave his mark on ballcarriers.
- His ball skills are very good. Branch tracks the ball well downfield and has the hands and coordination to come away with interceptions even when he isn’t targeted often.
- Stays low in his backpedal and shows the click-and-close ability to break up plays in front of him. Branch can move well laterally and shows excellent instincts when looking into the backfield in zone coverage.
- Does a good job getting his head around in time when playing with his back to the line of scrimmage. Has the ability to cover quickness underneath.
- He’s long and strong enough in his core to steer receivers to the sideline with his hands when playing inside technique.
Scouting Report: Weaknesses
- His athleticism gives him the potential to have tremendous range in coverage, but Branch is often hesitant and doesn’t seem confident in what he’s seeing.
- Physicality while impressive, comes and goes when facing the run. Branch doesn’t show much in the way of take-on skills once he meets a blocker
- Like a lot of collegiate corners, he has a tendency to get grabby, something that will have to be coached out of him.
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