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Washington Redskins 2017 Draft Profiles: Caleb Brantley, DL

Hogs Haven takes a look at 2017 NFL prospects that could contribute to the Redskins

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Caleb Brantley, DL
School: Florida | Conference: SEC
College Experience: Junior | Age: 21
Height / Weight: 6-2 / 300 lbs
Projected Draft Status: Late 1st or early 2nd Round
NFL Comparison: Gerald McCoy

College Statistics

Player Overview

I’m really not sure how Caleb Brantley is not in the first conversation yet. Brantley is one of the best defensive tackles in all of college football and played at a level much better than his statistics indicate. If I had to put money on it I would bet Brantley works his way squarely into the middle to back half of the first round conversation in the coming months which in theory should make him a prime Redskins target at pick #17. Brantley has power, quickness, active hands, and a relentless motor. What makes him particularly exciting though is his ability to shed blocks and keep working to cause pressure. The junior will be in play for a lot of teams as he’s scheme versatile and can play as a prototypical 3-tech DT in an even front or a 5-tech DE in an odd front.

Strengths

  • Impressive get off and burst, uncanny ability to shoot the gap for a defensive lineman.
  • Relentless motor and play style. Brantley also has an excellent attitude and A+ confidence he loves football.
  • Well put together frame with impressive play strength he can bullrush lineman or swat them aside to get after the ball.
  • A devastating array of pass rush moves including a great punch, rip and swim move that quite frankly leaves a lot of offensive linemen embarrassed.

Weaknesses

  • Somewhat stiff hipped when doesn't let him bend or change direction as effectively as he needs to consistently finish a play.
  • Occasionally plays with too high a pad level which neutralizes his power.
  • Is always trying to jump the snap count and called for encroachment and offsides penalties more than what’s going to be acceptable.

Let’s see his work:

How He Would Fit On The Redskins

If the draft were today and Caleb Brantley was on the board at #17 and I had to make the call I would be half way to the phone by now to make the pick. Barring some outrageous unforeseen circumstance I think Brantley works his way into the first round. His talent as a run defender and as a pass rusher is just too good for him to slide very far. Brantley would be an immediate starter for the Redskins as a DE and even could slide inside on passing downs or when the defense shifts to an even front. The power and initial quickness Brantley would bring to the Redskins defensive line which is in desperate need of youth and talent shouldn't be overlooked.