2015 NFL DRAFT

Andre Branch, DE

School: Clemson  |  Conference: ACC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Richmond, VA
Height/Weight: 6-4 / 259 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
3961-2
Latest News
04/30/2012 - A closer look at the Jaguars picks: Round 2/38 - Andre Branch, DE, 6-5, 260, Clemson...Branch fills the team's biggest need on defense, a physical, pass-rushing end. He had an ACC-leading 10.5 sacks last season which included four in one game against Virginia Tech. He had a team-high 17 tackles for loss and was a team co-captain, a quality the Jaguars look for in their draft picks. - The Sports Xchange

04/27/2012 - DE Andre Branch, Clemson -- A speed rusher to a pair with power end Jeremy Mincey, Branch has the explosiveness to ignite the Jaguars pressure packages.

04/26/2012 - ROB RANG'S TOP 50 PLAYERS OF THE 2012 NFL DRAFT: 30. Andre Branch, DE/OLB, Clemson: At 6-4, 270 pounds Branch has the size and athleticism to intrigue 4-3 and 3-4 teams, alike. He has great lateral agility, which allows him to change directions and run down ball-carriers toward the sidelines. Branch's tape is a bit inconsistent but there is no denying the burst and flexibility he possesses and that these traits project very well as an NFL pass rusher. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

04/19/2012 - Keep an eye on the Clemson defensive line duo of end/linebacker Andre Branch and tackle Brandon Thompson. Each can line up at multiple positions -- a few teams actually feel Thompson might be best as a 3-4 end -- and both have had individual workouts for several franchises in the past two weeks. The second round is the most likely landing spot for the Clemson standouts, but it wouldn't be all that shocking to see one of them, Branch in particular, sneak into the first round. - Len Pasquarelli, The Sports Xchange

03/16/2012 - NFL Draft Scout Top Edge Players, OLB/DE: Andre Branch, DE/OLB, Clemson, 6-4, 259, 1-2...Branch is a raw, flashy, long-armed player with great closing speed but still has a long ways to go if he wants to excel in the NFL. He arrived at Clemson as a highly rated high school linebacker and lined up there occasionally in college, but he was usually at the team's "Bandit" or right end spot. He was selected first-team All-ACC in 2011 after leading Clemson in sacks (10.5) and tackles for a loss (17). He finished his career with 17.5 sacks and made at least one tackle in 41 consecutive games. There is nothing fancy about Branch's game, and he will probably best fit into an NFL defense that has a very specific role to take advantage of his exceptional straight-line speed, which was validated at the combine with an unofficial 4.70 in the 40. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange/NFLDraftScout.com

03/08/2012 - Clemson tight end Dwayne Allen and defensive end Andre Branch worked out for nearly four dozen pro personnel on Thursday, including New York Jets coach Rex Ryan. Allen, considered by the some top tight end available in next month's NFL draft, chose Thursday not to try and improve his disappointing time of 4.89 seconds he ran at the league's scouting combine two weeks ago in Indianapolis. "I'm a ballplayer, flat out. I'm not a track guy," Allen said Thursday after Clemson's pro day. "My 40 time is what it is. If you watch me on film I play way faster. That's all that matters." Allen and Branch, the Atlantic Coast Conference leader with 10 1-2 sacks this past season, were the top attractions for the 44 NFL personnel on hand. Ryan, in a green Jets jacket, laughed and smiled with other NFL evaluators. He also worked out Branch for a few moments before he and Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum rushed off once the nearly four-hour session ended. "I've got to be somewhere," Ryan said as he left Memorial Stadium. Both Allen and Branch are considered potential first-round selections for April's draft. Branch didn't attempt to run the 40-yard dash again either, preferring to stand on his stellar time of 4.70 seconds from last month. "I did great at the combine," he said. "I felt like my numbers improved." - AP Sports

03/08/2012 - Clemson Pro Day: DE Andre Branch (6-4, 259) is another potential first-round pick, currently ranked as the No. 4 defensive end by NFLDraftScout.com. He was inconsistent at times last season, showing a tendency to disappear from game to game. One week before 11 tackles, including six for loss and four sacks, in a win over Virginia Tech, he had just one tackle against Florida State. But Branch still wound up leading the ACC with 10.5 sacks and making 85 tackles. Scouts love his size, length and explosive burst as well as his versatility - he could be effective in either a 4-3 or 3-4 set. He's coveted for his pass-rush ability. Branch, who like Allen is a potential first-round pick, also chose not to run the 40, instead standing on his impressive 4.70 clocking at the NFL Combine. "I just wanted to show my versatility today," said Branch, who said he's had contact with about 20 NFL teams. "It's pretty stressful because you want to be great, but at the same time this is what you live for." - NFLDraftScout.com

03/04/2012 - In each of the past five drafts, Clemson has had at least one defensive lineman selected, including four players in the first two rounds, and the streak won't end this year, despite pretty uneven results so far by the former Tigers' stars. End Andre Branch and tackle Brandon Thompson both are highly regarded prospects, each of whom scored some points at the combine, and they can be perceived as players on the rise. Part of what makes both attractive is their shared versatility, a quality NFL scouts clearly have not overlooked. "The way the game is played now, with people jumping in and out of (multiple) fronts, it's a big plus for them," said one NFC area scout whose territory includes the ACC. - NFLDraftScout.com

02/23/2012 - NFL DRAFT SCOUT PRE-COMBINE TOP 64: 35. Andre Branch, DE, Clemson, 6-4, 260, 1-2...Branch is a raw, flashy, long-armed player with great closing speed, but still has a long ways to go if he wants to excel in the NFL. He arrived at Clemson as a highly rated high school linebacker and lined up there occasionally in college, but was usually at the team's "Bandit" or right end spot. He was selected first-team All-ACC in 2011 after leading Clemson in sacks (10.5) and tackles for a loss (17). He finished his career with 17.5 sacks and made at least one tackle in 41 consecutive games. There is nothing fancy about Branch's game and he will probably best fit into an NFL defense that has a very specific role to take advantage of his exceptional straight-line speed. - Frank Cooney - The Sports Xchange, NFL Draft Scout

01/23/2012 - 2012 SENIOR BOWL MONDAY: Clemson defensive end Andre Branch was among those who may have been caught in the bad weather that kept several from getting into Mobile as planned. NFL officials informed scouts that Branch would be participating this week but that he was not in Mobile for Monday morning's weigh-in. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

01/04/2012 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: DE Andre Branch has been Clemson's primary threat off the edge this season, as evidenced by his ACC-leading 10.5 sacks. Although he didn't have a sack in the ACC Championship game, he was still a relentless force, drawing double teams and still managing three tackles and recovering a fumble. Branch will be the key figure in helping Clemson's offense put pressure on West Virginia QB Geno Smith, who is ninth nationally in total offense. - The Sports Xchange

10/03/2011 - ACC WEEK 5 DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Andre Branch, Clemson, DE, Sr., 6-5, 260, Richmond, Va. Branch had 11 tackles, three sacks and five total tackles for loss in Clemson's victory over Virginia Tech last week. He led the team in all three areas and also had three quarterback pressures. His tackle total, sack total and tackles for loss total were all career highs. His five tackles for loss tied a Clemson record for tackles for loss in a game by a defensive lineman and was tied for second most by any player in Clemson history. Branch was a big reason Virginia Tech scored just three points. It was the first time since 1995 that Virginia Tech did not score a touchdown at home and tied for the largest margin of defeat for the Hokies at home in 20 years. - ACC football

08/10/2011 - 2011 PRESEASON TED HENDRICKS AWARD WATCH LIST: Andre Branch, Clemson, has been named one of 35 players selected to the Ted Hendricks Award Watchlist for the 2011 college football season, honoring the nation's top defensive end. Last year's recipient of the award was Clemson defensive end Da'Quan Bowers, who is now with the Tampa Bay Bucs. Branch had 55 tackles last season, including 7.5 tackles for loss, five of which were sacks. He was second on the Clemson team in sacks behind Bowers' NCAA leading 15.5 in 2010. For his career, Branch has played in 34 games, 13 as a starter and has 112 career tackles. Branch, a native of Richmond, VA, is one of seven players from the ACC on the Hendricks Award list. - Clemson football

05/05/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH IN 2011: DE Andre Branch enters his senior season expecting big things. He was the complement to pass rusher extraordinaire Da'Quan Bowers last season, but now is Branch's time to shine. - The Sports Xchange

 
 
Latest News
04/30/2012 - A closer look at the Jaguars picks: Round 2/38 - Andre Branch, DE, 6-5, 260, Clemson...Branch fills the team's biggest need on defense, a physical, pass-rushing end. He had an ACC-leading 10.5 sacks last season which included four in one game against Virginia Tech. He had a team-high 17 tackles for loss and was a team co-captain, a quality the Jaguars look for in their draft picks. - The Sports Xchange

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