Prospect Profile: Jamaal Branch

Jamaal Branch School: Colgate
Ht: 5-10 Wt: 233 40: 4.76 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Two-year starter awarded All-American and all-conference honors as a senior after posting 295/1,190/16 carrying the ball. Recipient of the Walter Payton Award as the top offensive player in I-AA in ‘03 after totaling 450/2,326/29 in sixteen games.

Positives: Big, powerful interior back who effectively handles the ball late in the game. Runs hard, falls forward and breaks tackles, picking up yardage off initial contact. Patient, waits for blocks to develop and works runs. Quickly picks up blocking assignments. Also has the ability to weave through the traffic or cut back in a very small area handling the ball.

Negatives: Lacks quickness through the hole or the speed around the corner. Runs with an upright style and does not always display great balance or body control. Marginal skills as a pass catcher.

Analysis: A heavy-duty feature runner who's been very productive on a small school level the past two seasons, Branch has some abilities as a short yardage back in the NFL.

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