BIOGRAPHY: Two-year starter totaled 89 tackles and broke up 10 passes as a senior when he also averaged 28.9 yards on 27 kick returns with two touchdowns. Junior-year numbers included 79/1/4.
POSITIVES: Well-built cornerback who stands out on special teams. Immediately diagnoses the action, displays a burst of closing speed, and tough in run defense. Works hard to get off blocks and a terrific special teams player, producing on both coverage units as well as returning kicks.
NEGATIVES: Prefers to side-shuffle rather than back-pedal. Tight in his hips. Better when facing the action.
ANALYSIS: Branch is an athletic defensive back who.s best suited in a zone system. He may get consideration at safety in the NFL, yet his primary impact will be on special teams.