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Jets Draft Spotlight, Andre Branch

By Alan Schechter

Jan 4, 2012; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Clemson Tigers defensive end Andre Branch (40) against the West Virginia Mountaineers in the 2012 Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-US PRESSWIRE

Today, we take a look at an edge pass rusher that may be an option for the Jets if they can’t move up to get another guy. Spotlight, Andre Branch, defensive end, Clemson University.

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He measures at 6’4″, 259 pounds, and runs a 4.70 40 yard dash (per NFL combine results).

He recorded 10.5 sacks in 2011.

Pros: He’s very athletic, and quick off the ball. He’s got an array of pass rushing moves, with an uncanny ability to get around lineman.  He’s versatile, may be converted to an OLB in a 3-4 defensive scheme.

Cons: Sometimes plays high, which allows him to get overpowered if double teamed.  This could be nullified a bit, however, if he is moved to linebacker at the next level.  He also is not great in the run game, the pass rush is his main draw, value wise.

Take a look at the video and you be the judge:

He is fast, and has great pursuit skills. He seems to be a ferocious pass rusher. He may not be as good at run defense, but everything I have seen on this guy is that he is very coachable. It makes him an interesting value at the 16th pick if other guys they like are gone.