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Hogs Haven Scouting Report: Bronson Kaufusi Could Be a Problem For Us

DE/EDGE Bronson Kaufusi is now in the AFC North. Here's our profile on him from earlier in the offseason.

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Bronson Kaufusi, EDGE
School: BYU | Conference: Independent 
College Experience: Senior | Age: 24
Height / Weight: 6-7 / 281 lbs
Projected Draft Status: 3rd Round or 4th Round
NFL Comparison: Cameron Heyward

College Statistics

Player Overview

Bronson Kaufusi is a former basketball player at BYU he focused fully on football starting in 2014. His father Steve Kaufusi is the BYU defensive line coach. Bronson played both DE and OLB during his time at BYU. He can rush the passer both standing up and with his hand in the dirt. Kaufusi has good athleticism, a great motor, and exceptional length. Kaufusi doesn't play pretty but he has a track record of ascending production that can't be ignored. Bronson has a long lean frame but lacks the functional strength you see out of elite OLBs and DEs.

He's a straight line rusher and lacks the flexibility to bend the edge and collapse the pocket that we see out of our own Ryan Kerrigan for example. He won't wow you with a bull rush but he plays with both finesse and power and has a no quit attitude that has produced on the football field. Bronson has plenty of room to fill out his frame even further (I'm talking at least 15 lbs). A big knock besides of his lack of functional strength and ability to turn a corner is his age. Kaufusi will be 25 in July as he took two years off to do an LDS mission for BYU.

Strengths

  • Relentless pursuit he never quits on plays his extra effort has lead to a lot of his production.
  • Great length and physique can reach in and disrupt plays even while being blocked has the height and length to deflect passes as well.
  • More of an effective rusher with his hand in the dirt, has a nice spin and arm over move to disengage.

Weaknesses

  • Inactive hands you can't lack functional strength and become statuesque when pass rushing.
  • Was asked to drop into coverage but wasn't particularly effective.
  • Plays too high (he's quite tall so it's difficult for him) and is too easily taken out of plays because he loses the leverage battle.


Let's see his work:


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Why Should I Care?

The Redskins play the Ravens this years and have added two edge rushers in the top rounds of the draft. Kaufusi offers excellent motor, length, and heart. He is going to work his tail off to make a play every single down. Look for the Ravens to bring the heat off the edge this season.