BIOGRAPHY: Two-year starter awarded All-Conference honors last season posting 25/6/2, also intercepting a pass and breaking up an additional throw. Sophomore totals included 31/10/5.
POSITIVES: Massive defensive lineman who could be used in a variety of systems. Quickly gets off the snap with a good first step, displays power in his lower body and collapses the pocket. Fluid changing direction, redirects to the action and easily brings ball.
NEGATIVES: Gets tall, does not protect himself and is an easy target for blockers. Does not play with great balance. Must develop more moves with his hands. Needs to properly condition himself.
ANALYSIS: At times, a dominant force on the inside, Branch has been an impressive defender at Michigan. Offers the ability to be used as a two-gap lineman or a wide-bodied conventional tackle. Possesses great upside but must improve the fundamentals.