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Senior Bowl Draft Report: Brandon Fusco, C, Slippery Rock

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Sticking with the obscure offensive lineman theme, I thought we might take a look at another guy that could be beneficial to grab in a late round in April. I admit that I haven’t seen much of this guy, but I’ve been keeping my eye on him this week in practice and look forward to seeing him in action this Saturday.

Brandon Fusco is a 6’4, 300 lbs Center out of Slippery Rock. He is the first player ever from "the Rock" to earn an invite to the Senior Bowl and the NFL Combine.

Brandon Fusco of Slippery Rock is one of the more interesting small school prospects in this game. Sixty (60) different scouts made their way through the western Pennsylvania school this season to watch Fusco practice. The Miami Dolphins, San Fransisco 49ers and Minnesota Vikings were teams that made multiple trips to see the center. –

Fusco, by his coach’s accounts, is a very hard worker and leader on and off the field. He was invited to three other All-Star games but turned them down to focus solely on the Senior Bowl. He was an All-American this past year and won the Gene Upshaw Award for the best offensive lineman in D-II. He’s larger than most centers, and is also very smart and physical. He also has very solid footwork and his strength seems to be in pass protection.

He has been playing D-II ball so there are questions about the competition he played against. Also, he just started playing Center in 2007 and is supposed to be a little slow (5.2 40 time).

Projected Pick: Fusco is ranked by most as the top 4th or 5th Center in the draft. I would expect him to go in the 5th or possibly the 6th round.