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He's more than just a run stuffer. He was a RB in high school and is very fast for his size. He has more than 1 sack. I don't care who you put at DE if you don't get push up the middle and disrupt the pocket the overall pressure from the d-line will not improve.
As you saw in the Ohio State game Branch is an opportunist. He was there to pounce on a fumble and he made a couple other plays just by being aware of his surroundings. He has a ton of experience at the top level of college football, he has a good head on his shoulders.The Bucs defense starts at DT. Everything else builds from there. If we have an opportunity for a high draft pick we need to spend that on a guy who is going to be the foundation for the rebuilding of this defense. If there is a DT who can be that guy we have to take him.Also, DTs are not going to be a deep position, and if we are looking to get a great one during the draft we may have to get him in the 1st rather than the 2nd. Finally I think Bucs fans will have more patience with what Gruden is trying to do if he shows he is going to go all out to rebuild the D, even if they don't return to a top five defense next year.
He has a lot more sacks than that. He had 7 coming into this season:http://michigan.scout.com/2/561694.htmlAlan Branch stats:In 2005 Michigan's top defensive lineman started final 10 regular season games and played in all 12 contests, contributing career highs of 31 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, five sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.In Branch's career he has appeared in 24 consecutive games and has made 10 starts along defensive line. He has 36 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, seven sacks and one fumble recovery during his career.
Quote from: naplesbuc on November 25, 2006, 01:50:12 PMBranch is projected to be a DE in a 3-4 scheme so he is definitely not a NT. If the Bucs did take him Hovan would stay right where he is.Yeah but when you look at what a 3-4 DE does and our UT you get similar type roles. Branch might be a Richard Seymour type player in his career and if I can get that sort of player, I always want him.
Branch is projected to be a DE in a 3-4 scheme so he is definitely not a NT. If the Bucs did take him Hovan would stay right where he is.
Yeah but when you look at what a 3-4 DE does and our UT you get similar type roles. Branch might be a Richard Seymour type player in his career and if I can get that sort of player, I always want him.