Prospect Profile: Bruce Branch

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Full Name: Bruce Branch School: Northern Arizona Pos: OLB

Ht: 6-0 Wt: 218 40: 4.53 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Two-year starter who led the team in tackles as a senior posting 82/5.5/2. Missed all but two games in the '04 season after injuring his left knee.

Pos: Undersized linebacker who displays good range on the field. Breaks down well playing with leverage, takes good angles to the action and efficient. Diagnoses the play, disciplined and gets depth on drops. Quickly changes direction and fast in pursuit.

Neg: Undersized, swallowed up at the point and slow shedding blocks. Marginal skills in coverage.

Analysis: Better suited to play the strong safety position, Branch needs to significantly improve his coverage skills to have any chance of making it at the next level.


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