Adding to Defense with Tyler Brayton

Raiders end first round with DE from University of Colorado Buffaloes

Positives…Well-liked and very dependable athlete who is looked upon as the team's unquestioned leader…Quick off the snap, showing instant reactions to key and diagnose the play…Has a good feel for pressure and flashes excellent hand usage to press and separate from blockers…Solid tackler who will square up and wrap, bringing good explosion from his hips and legs to drive the ball carrier back…Maintains balance on the move and drive hard with his legs to stack the pile…Has a very good short burst to close on the ball and an explosive straight-ahead burst…Gives all-out effort as a pass rusher, flipping his hips and changing direction to pursue from the backside…Plays at the proper pad level and has the strength needed to anchor at the point of attack…Will flatten and squeeze vs. the down block and takes good angles to the ball…Uses his long arms effectively to fight off reach blocks.

Negatives…Bit of a tweener, lacking the bulk and lower body strength to prevent from being engulfed inside and the change of direction agility and initial explosion to be an effective edge rusher…Lacks the ideal strength needed to sit and anchor vs. combo blocks…Needs to be more consistent using his hands, as he does a good job defeating reach blocks, yet struggles to keep blockers off his feet…Lacks the long pursuit speed, as he gets too tall in his stance and too straight-legged when trying to track down the ball… Lacks top athleticism (not smooth or fluid).


Two-year starter who was the emotional leader of the defensive unit…The recipient of the Buffalo Heart Award (team spirit), he proved to be invaluable on the front wall, starting at both tackle and end during his career…In 47 games, he recorded 152 tackles (99 solos) with 12.5 sacks for minus 94 yards, 25 stops for losses of 119 yards, 34 quarterback pressures, 17 third-down hits, three fumble recoveries, three forced fumbles and six pass deflections.


All-Big Twelve Conference second-team pick by the league's coaches…Recipient of the Dave Jones Award (team's outstanding defensive player)…Member of the Victory Club… Started every game at strongside defensive tackle…Recorded 66 tackles (47 solos) with seven sacks for minus 51 yards and 11 stops for losses of 59 yards…Had ten third-down hits and 14 quarterback pressures…Caused three fumbles and recovered two others…Had four pass deflections.

Colorado State…Collected 6 tackles with a third-down hit, a 5-yard sack and 2 stops for minus 6 yards.

UCLA…Had an assisted sack and 5 tackles (4 solos).

Kansas State…All three of his pressures resulted in incompletions.

Kansas…Caused a fumble, deflected a pass, made 10 solo tackles with a 12-yard sack and had 3 stops for losses of 18 yards.

Baylor…Registered 6 tackles (4 solos), a pair of third-down hits and a 9-yard sack.

Texas Tech…Sacked QB Kliff Kingsbury for a 16-yard loss, causing a fumble on the play as he recovered the ball and advanced it 14 yards for a touchdown.

Missouri…Totaled 5 solo tackles, a sack and a pair of stops for losses of 8 yards.

Nebraska…Collected 7 tackles (5 solos) with a pressure.

Wisconsin (Alamo Bowl)…Recovered a fumble by Badgers tailback Anthony Davis and closed out his career with 4 assisted tackles.


All-Big Twelve Conference honorable mention…Recipient of the Stavely Award (team's outstanding defensive lineman)…Started every game, lining up at strongside defensive end in eleven contests and at weakside defensive tackle vs. Missouri…Finished with 44 tackles (26 solos), 4.5 sacks for minus 37 yards and seven stops for losses of 40 yards… Had four third-down stops and eight quarterback pressures…Also deflected a pass…Was bothered the second half of the season by a high ankle sprain, but did not miss any game action.

Kansas…Made 9 tackles (5 solos) with a pair of third-down sacks for minus 12 yards and 2 pressures.

Kansas State…Followed with 2 sacks for minus 19 yards as he also stopped tailback Josh Scobey behind the line of scrimmage and posted 8 tackles (6 solos).

Fresno State…Totaled 5 tackles and 2 pressures.

Texas A&M, Texas, Iowa State and Nebraska…Limited due to his ankle sprain, but did manage to make 3 tackles in each game (also recovered a fumble vs. Texas).

Oregon (Fiesta Bowl)…Registered 5 assisted tackles and stopped tailback Maurice Morris behind the line of scrimmage.


Won the Stavely Award as the team's top defensive lineman…Played in the final ten games as a reserve at both weakside defensive tackle and strongside end…Recorded 28 tackles (17 solos) with a 6-yard sack and six stops for losses of 17 yards…Credited with four quarterback pressures and a fumble recovery.

Colorado State…Did not play in the season opener…Suspended for violation of team rules.

Southern California…Registered 6 solo tackles with a stop for a 2-yard loss.

Texas A&M…Added 5 tackles, a third-down stop and a pair of hits for losses of 5 yards.

Missouri…Had a 6-yard sack and 3 solo tackles.


Played in every game as a reserve defensive lineman and on special teams…Finished with 14 tackles (7 solos), a stop for a 3-yard loss and eight quarterback pressures.

Colorado State…Made his college debut with 3 tackles, a stop for a 3-yard loss and a pressure.

Kansas and Washington…Added 3 tackles in each game.


Redshirted as a freshman, performing on the scout team as a defensive end.


Was bothered the second half of the 2001 season by a high ankle sprain, but did not miss any game action.


4.88 in the 40-yard dash…435-pound bench press…641-pound squat…415-pound power clean…35-inch vertical jump…9'10" broad jump…34 ¼-inch arm length…10-inch hands… Right-handed…29/34 Wonderlic score.

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