2015 NFL DRAFT
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Brandon Ghee

Height: 6-0 | Weight: 192 | College: Wake Forest
 
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Overview

Blessed with the prototypical blend of size and straight-line speed, Ghee looks the part of a high-round selection despite having never earned all-conference honors in three seasons as a starting cornerback for the Demon Deacons.

The athletically gifted Ghee has been impressive in high profile matchups with big receivers, but struggled against smaller, quicker wideouts. More interested in applying the big hit than the interception, some scouts feel his pro best position will be safety. There is merit there, considering his production as a tackler (154 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss) and lack of big plays generated when in coverage (one interception out of 26 passes defensed).

Analysis

Read & React: Marginal read-and-react skills. Aggressive making plays on the ball, but too often doesn't make the play when it appears he should. Better hitter than pass defender to this point.

Man Coverage: Looks the part and has good straight-line speed. Good agility and balance in coverage. Can flip his hips and run with receivers, though his long legs are not conducive to his breaking quickly and truly mirroring receivers. Has the speed to recover, but can be beaten by sharp routes. Not yet the sum of his parts. Faster than he is quick and will give up too much cushion, too often allowing the reception rather than going for the pass breakup.

Zone Coverage: Has the IQ, speed and reliable tackling ability to be a fine zone coverage defender. Too late reacting to the play. Prefers to go for the big hit rather than making an attempt on the ball for the interception. Physical defender who is aggressive in his hand punch at the line of scrimmage and isn't afraid to battle with receivers throughout the route.

Closing/Recovery: Good lateral agility and has an explosive burst to close when needed. Competes as the ball arrives and has the long arms and quick hands to knock passes away before a receiver can secure it. Times his leaps well to compete against bigger receivers. True defensive back hands but has only one interception in 34 starts (25 passes broken up).

Run Support: Aggressive in run support. Quickly gets through receiver blocks and is willing to stick his head into the action with the big boys on his way to the runner. Good open-field hitter who flashes heavy-hitting ability.

Tackling: Big hitter who times his hits well. Lowers his shoulder into the ballcarrier and can jar the ball loose. Can improve wrapping up as a tackler, as NFL receivers will be better able to absorb hits and keep their feet.

Intangibles: Struggled amid high expectations as a senior. Missed the 2007 season serving an academic suspension. Missed the 2009 spring practice after suffering a sprained knee on the first day. Missed two games in '09 due to a sprained ankle.

NFL Comparison: Vontae Davis, Dolphins

Career Notes

Entering 2009: Ghee is expected to fill a leadership and playmaking void with 2008 stars Aaron Curry and Alphonso Smith in the NFL. He suffered a sprained knee during the first spring practice session and missed the remainder of the spring season.

2009 Season

Ghee finished third on the team in total tackles with 56, with 2.5 tackles for loss, 8 pass breakups and 0 interceptions in 2009.

2008 Season

Led the team and finished second in the ACC in fumbles forced with four … Played in 11 games as a redshirt junior … Made his first career interception against Ole Miss (Sept. 6) … Did not play against Miami (Oct. 25) or Duke (Nov. 1) due to a foot injury … Returned to action against Virginia (Nov. 8) … Finished the year 11th on the team with 35 tackles … Made a season-high eight stops vs. Boston College (Nov. 22) … Recorded a sack against BC that led directly to a Deacon touchdown … Had six solo blocks in a win over Florida State (Sept. 20) … Blocked a punt against Vanderbilt (Nov. 29) … Broke up seven passes on the year, the second-most on the team behind Alphonso Smith's 12.

2007 Season

Moved into the starting lineup against Army on Sept. 15 and stayed at corner for the remainder of the season … Started each of the final 11 games in earning his first letter … Finished fourth on the squad with 63 tackles … Had 10 pass breakups, the second-most on the team … Careerhigh nine tackles vs. Vanderbilt (Nov. 24) … Also had eight stops vs. Clemson (Nov. 10) and eight vs. Maryland (Sept. 22) … Had two tackles for loss including a sack vs. Maryland (Sept. 22) … Also forced a fumble vs. the Terps … Recorded a season-high three pass breakups vs. Clemson … Averaged 7.0 tackles per game over the last four games.

2006 Season

Did not participate in any team activities because of academic reasons.

2005 Season

Redshirted as a true freshman.

Injury Report

2009: Missed spring practice following a sprained knee on the first day. Missed two games during the season to a sprained ankle.

High School

Rated by Scout.com as the 36th-best cornerback nationally … Rated by Rivals.com as the second-best cornerback and 18th-best player in North Carolina … Rated by Scout.com as the third-best cornerback and 20th-best player in North Carolina … Led Jack Britt HS to the state championship game and scored a touchdown in that contest … Selected to play in the North Carolina Shrine Bowl … Named all-state as a cornerback and all-region as a wide receiver … Earned Best Defensive Back award at Jack Britt … Posted a speedy 10.5 in the 100-meter in the North Carolina Track Championships as a junior and also ran a 21.47 in the 200-meter … Coached at Jack Britt HS by Richard Bailey.

Personal

Brother of former Wake strong safety Patrick Ghee … Runs a 4.34 40-yard dash … Parents are Wayne and Carol Ghee … Born June 6, 1987 … Chose Wake Forest over offers from Clemson, North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia Tech.

 
 
Latest News
04/26/2010 - A closer look at the Bengals' picks: Round 3/96 -- Brandon Ghee, CB, 6-0, 192, Wake Forest, Coaches like his athleticism (he ran a 4.39 at the scouting combine) and has been compared to Johnathan Joseph.

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