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2021 NFL Draft Scouting Report: IDL Josiah Bronson

  • The Draft Network
  • February 1, 2021
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Josiah Bronson aligned as a defensive end in Washington’s odd front defense. He is a sufficient level athlete with regard to his body quickness and agility. In the run game, he has fairly limited effectiveness. However, he plays with good strength to disengage and get to the football. His ability to defend the run is ahead of his ability to rush the passer at this stage. In the passing game, he gives you very little as a pass rusher. He is not a dynamic pass rusher and relies on hustle and effort to get home.  

Ideal Role: UDFA.

Scheme Fit: 4-3 defensive scheme.


Written by Drae Harris

Games watched: BYU (2019), Utah (2019), Oregon State (2020)

Best Game Studied: BYU (2019)

Worst Game Studied: Utah (2019)

First-Step Explosion: He has average first-step explosion, as evidenced in his initial quickness off the snap.

Flexibility: He has less than ideal positional flexibility. He should play as an interior lineman in a 4-3 defense.

Hand Counters: He doesn't counter well with his hands when his initial rush has been stonewalled. 

Hand Power: He demonstrated instances of better power in his hands, particularly on his bull rush and in his ability to disengage and get to the football.

Run Defending: Although his run defense is slightly ahead of his ability to defend the pass, the level of play is still less than ideal.

Effort: He plays with inconsistent effort, as evidenced in his effort as a chase player on the backside of run plays.

Football IQ: He plays with average football IQ, and it shows in his lack of ability to decipher blocking schemes. 

Lateral Mobility: He lacks good lateral mobility, as evidenced in his ability to get through trash in the run game.

Functional Strength: He does play with good functional strength. This can be seen when he is a bull rusher in the passing game or has to disengage from offensive linemen.

Versatility: He lacks true versatility and should remain exclusively as an interior defensive lineman.


TDN Consensus: To Be Determined

Drae Harris: 65/100

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