Bronson Kaufusi, EDGE
School: BYU | Conference: Independent
College Experience: Senior | Age: 24
Height / Weight: 6-7 / 281 lbs
Projected: 3rd Round or 4th Round | Actual: Round 3 (Pick 70) by the Baltimore Ravens
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.
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How He Makes the Ravens Better and Creates Problems for the Redskins
Bronson Kaufusi has a good shot to start for Baltimore this season and at minimum get a good chunk of playing time. The third round pick has excellent size and length to play defensive end in Baltimore’s 3-4 base defense. Kaufusi has to get on the field though to show he can beat out the competition which consists of Lawrence Guy and Kapron Lewis-Moore. He was sidelined during most of Baltimore’s OTA with a minor back tweak. Kaufusi has a real shot to impress in camp if he can refine his technique and play with more leverage and remain active at the point of attack.
The Ravens will be looking to develop him as one of their future pass rushing ends but in the meantime the Redskins should remain vigilant and aware of his presence off the edge. I have a feeling he won’t impress his rookie year with great statistical numbers but he will be a hard working cog in the Baltimore machine and his presence will be felt as a rusher and run defender even if he doesn't get home all the time.