Alabama will lose its two safeties — Jordan Battle and DeMarcco Hellams — to the NFL Draft after the Allstate Sugar Bowl, but will a third name from its defensive secondary join them?
Brian Branch, a junior, is drawing attention from draft pundits as a possible high-round draft choice. As a starting nickel cornerback for the Crimson Tide, he can play anywhere in the secondary. Branch has been productive in Nick Saban’s defense since he arrived in 2020 as a four-star from Georgia. He has 78 total tackles, good for third on the team this season. Branch stands with 10 tackles for loss, two sacks, seven pass breakups, an interception, and two quarterback hurries. He also has a 68-yard punt return for a touchdown. The 6-foot, 193-pounder is an exceptional tackler, blitzer, and run-stopper. Branch covers much ground all over the field and has been Alabama’s best defensive back for much of the year. According to ESPN’s Jordan Reid, Branch is a ‘great fit’ for today’s National Football League. The draft analyst praised Branch’s versatility as a defender.
Alabama safety Brian Branch is impressive. Primarily playing nickel, he’s a great fit in today’s NFL. Savvy in zone, reliable in man, and physical as a tackler/blitzer/run defender. pic.twitter.com/EqIoqOGqgs
— Jordan Reid (@Jordan_Reid) December 27, 2022
He is not focused on his next move right now. Branch wants to help the Tide defeat Kansas State in the Allstate Sugar Bowl.
He may have his decision after Saturday’s matchup.
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