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Brian Branch continues to look incredible in Lions’ training camp

Alabama safety Brian Branch (#14) celebrates his interception against Kansas State during second half of 2022 Allstate Sugar Bowl.
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Dan Campbell is thanking every team that passed on Brian Branch in the first round of the NFL Draft.

The head coach of the Detroit Lions did not take Branch in the first round himself, but he grabbed the former University of Alabama defensive back at No. 45 overall. As a second-round pick, Branch continues to look incredible in Lions’ training camp.

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He is consistently recording pass breakups and showing the range in coverage that made him elite at Alabama.

Branch makes it difficult for wide receivers to separate from him.

His technique to stay in phase, play the football, and trust his instincts have him battling for a potential starting role in Detroit’s secondary. The native Georgian finished with a team-high two interceptions and seven pass breakups for the Crimson Tide in 2022. He was an effective tackler, posting 90 total stops — including 14 for loss and three sacks. Branch was constantly the most impressive defensive player for Alabama, opposite Will Anderson Jr. He assisted the Tide to a College Football Playoff National Championship as a freshman in 2020 and two Southeastern Conference titles in 2020 and 2021. 

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We will see how Branch handles some of the best receivers in the league as a rookie.

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith. 

Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 15 years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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