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Former Alabama LB Chris Braswell excited pro teams with his testing numbers at NFL Combine

Former Alabama LB Chris Braswell puts down a 4.6-40 time at the 2024 NFL Scouting Combine.
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Dallas Turner drew a lot of attention Thursday at the NFL Scouting Combine, but his former University of Alabama teammate did more than hold his own in front of teams at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Chris Braswell, a Maryland native, came to the Crimson Tide as a five-star edge rusher in the 2020 signing class.

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He was regarded as a higher prospect than Will Anderson and Drew Sanders, but he waited his time and earned his marquee moment last season as a starter. Braswell performed well at the Reese’s Senior Bowl (Mobile, Ala.), but he displayed his speed, explosiveness, agility, athleticism, and pass-rush moves at the Combine. The 6-foot-3, 251-pounder recorded the same 40-time Anderson had in the 2023 event, which is a 4.6. Braswell posted a 33.5″ vertical and a 9’7″ broad jump, showing his explosiveness and lower body drive. He excelled in the on-field workout station — showcasing a variety power, speed, and edge-bending moves.

Braswell turned in a monster season for the Tide in 2023, helping its defense capture a Southeastern Conference Championship and a berth in the College Football Playoff. He collected 42 total tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss, eight sacks, five quarterback hurries, three forced fumbles, a pass breakup, a blocked field goal, and an interception returned for a touchdown. 

Braswell projects as a day two selection. Most draft pundits have him between the second and third round.

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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 10+ 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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