Brian Branch
Brian Branch  CB  Alabama | NFL Draft 2023 Souting Report - Portrait Image
Brian Branch
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Fayetteville, GA
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Brian Branch CB Alabama | NFL Draft Profile & Scouting Report

Brian Branch CB Alabama
NFL Draft Profile & Scouting Report

Overall Rank: #36 Position Rank: #9 (DB)
40 time: 4.44 seconds
Height: 6-0 Weight: 193
Date of Birth: 10/22/2001 Age: 21.1
Overall Rating: 87.6 / 100
Game performance weighted rating
QB Rating When targeted: 87.7
Run Defense:
DRAFT PROJECTION: 2nd - Top 10 Position rank: #9
College Games: 38 College Snaps: 1634
ESPN College Recruiting
Grade: Model.PlayerDetailFlat.RecruitingStarRating ESPN  Stars Model.PlayerDetailFlat.RecruitingStarRating ESPN  Stars (84/100)
College Combine Results
OVR Rank: #106 Pos Rank: #3
College Combine Results
247 Sports Recruiting
Grade: Model.PlayerDetailFlat._247_RecruitingStarRating Stars Model.PlayerDetailFlat._247_RecruitingStarRating Stars (97/100 )
Ovr Rank: #49 Pos Rank: #3
Draft Profile: Bio
Brian 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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