The good: Branch is a massive, athletic junior tackle who has been a force for the Wolverines' front line since his freshman season. He has natural strength and rare size and agility to be an imposing two-gap type of tackle. He has the bulk to be a major space-eater in the middle. He clogs running lanes while tying up two blockers. That keeps the linebackers clean to make tackles. He has amazing flexibility for a player of his dimensions with the short-range speed to be an unblockable force between the tackles. He can be a dominant performer when he reads the play properly and gets off the ball quickly. He has a tremendous combination of size, quickness and power and potential that will warrant a top-10 selection.
The bad: He still needs work on his play recognition, hand use and keeping his pads level low for proper leverage.
Outlook: Top-10 grade and early first-round pick with clubs like the Cardinals, Redskins and Dolphins very interested. He could be a major impact defender with some refinement. Has the physical talent to be one of the best in the game, but is a bit of a risky prospect.
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