Draft Profile: BioBryan Bresee from Damascus High School had a huge 134 career tackles, including 80.5 for loss, with 35 sacks, and also made 47 tackles in 2019, including 30.5 tackles for loss with 14 sacks while also adding two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, and a pass breakup. As a result, he was ranked as the number one overall prospect in the country and was rated a 5-star recruit by both ESPN and 247 Sports. Following high school, Bresee opted to join Clemson where In 2020 as a freshman Bresee saw action in 12 games and played a total of 430 snaps for the Tigers. He recorded 18 tackles, and 3 assists while adding 19 stops. As a pass rusher, he added 26 total pressures, which included 16 QB hurries, 6 QB hits, and 4 sacks on the season. His contribution wasn't ignored as he was named a Freshman All-American by The Athletic, ESPN, and Rivals. Breese also received the ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year award.
As a sophomore for the Tigers in 2021 Bresee played in just 4 games (152 total snaps) after having his season cut short by a torn ACL. During these four games, he recorded 7 tackles, and 4 assists while adding 7 stops. As a pass rusher he chalked up 10 total pressures, 6 QB hurries, 3 QB hits, and one sack during the year.
Bresee was surprisingly awarded a Third-team All-ACC selection despite being limited to four games.
In 2022 as a junior Bresee played in 9 games and contributed on 302 snaps. He recorded only 8 tackles, 2 assists while making 8 stops. As a pass rusher, he produced 21 total pressures, which included 15 QB hurries, 4 QB hits, and 2 sacks on the year.
Scouting Report: Strengths
- Amazing physical attributes with elite power and agility for his size
- Made Bruce Feldman's Freak's List - ranked #14. He wrote "The former five-star was a third-team All-ACC selection (15 tackles, three TFLs) despite being limited to four games due to a torn ACL in late September. Bresee benched 435 pounds, power-cleaned 330, and deadlifted 585. He has vertical-jumped 30 inches, but the most impressive number is him clocking in the high 4.7s in the 40."
- Bresee plays with leverage and brings good power, especially in his lower body, consistently holding up against double teams in the run game.
- Elite strength and balance to sit down, lockout, and create a pile, leading to possibilities inside and out (in the 3-4).
- Finds the ball well and explodes into the backfield at the snap to disrupt passing lanes and find ball carriers.
- Plays with leverage at the point of attack whether inside or outside. Keeps eyes in the backfield when inside; moves linemen to either side with strong hands.
- He has the lateral agility and balance to cover two gaps, and Bresee shows some good closing burst when moving down the line in pursuit.
- While he can win with leverage and is capable of dipping around the edge, he is better at winning on inside counter moves with a combination of quickness and violent hands.
- He’s strong at the point of attack against the run, able to hold his own when asked to play inside and battle double teams. Bresee has outstanding lateral movement skills and is quick to slip blocks with the speed to cover a lot of ground in pursuit.
- He’s very instinctive when it comes to countering and solid with overall hand usage.
- Twitchy and can rip through lateral contact
- Versatility to play up and down the line
- Capable of dictating 5-0 protection calls from the opposition
- Draws a crowd due to movement skills and motor
- Ability to help clean up extended plays
Scouting Report: Weaknesses
- Main concern with Bresee is the ACL injury and whether he will be the same player he was prior to the injury
- Often plays upright and struggles with leverage - technique to shed or redirect blockers is not elite.
- Possesses excellent weight-room strength, although it doesn't always translate onto his play - change of direction skills are only average.
- Needs to do a better job of being the aggressor and tossing blockers aside.
- Has room to improve against the run
- Can afford to put on 10 more pounds - is a small compared to pro DT's
- Will need to show himself as fully recovered from ACL injury
- Needs to be more consistent with pad level and leverage on the line
Scouting Report: SummaryClemson defensive tackle Bryan Bresee is an elite prospect in the 2023 NFL Draft class. His elite physical abilities, including explosiveness, lateral agility, length, power capacity, and a relentless motor, make him an ideal fit for any pro team. He has proven to be an effective pass rusher, showing outstanding pass-rushing and also logging 8 total sacks in his college career. Although he has played nose tackle at times, he is most comfortable playing between the gaps at the next level. He however has room to improve his hand usage and leverage, but already has a strong age-adjusted hand usage arsenal and enough strength to hold up in run defense. His elite burst, power, and agility make him a potentially high pick.
The main concern heading into the year was Bresee's ACL injury, however, after a solid campaign, it looks like it no longer presents as an issue. Expect Bressee to be a top-ten pick and start as a rookie.
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