Clemson interior defensive lineman Bryan Bresee has been one of the most interesting case studies this fall. Bresee’s natural abilities are extremely evident when combing through his film. Bresee’s tenure with the Tigers was unfortunately challenging, however. Bresee was limited to 25 career appearances in three seasons. Multiple injuries in 2021 (including a season-ending torn ACL) and a family tragedy in 2022 understandably capped Bresee’s availability.
Bresee’s snap-by-snap dominance still warrants a first-round selection. The Clemson product hasn’t reached his ceiling yet. I’ve identified my favorite schematic fits for Bryan Bresee in the 2023 NFL Draft.
Adding defensive linemen will be an underrated need for the Eagles this offseason despite recording a historic 70 sacks in 2022. Both Fletcher Cox and Javon Hargrave are unrestricted free agents. Cox was released last year and returned to Philadelphia via a reworked one-year deal. Will the Eagles hand an aging Hargrave a second lucrative contract? Linval Joseph and Ndamukong Suh were midseason additions that aren’t expected to return to the Eagles in 2023. Robert Quinn and Brandon Graham were also playing on expiring contracts. Philadelphia’s defensive line is going to look considerably different next season.
Howie Roseman slightly prepared for this mass exodus by drafting Jordan Davis in 2022. Davis is more of a run-stopper than a high-level pass rusher, though. Bresee could get after quarterbacks in Philadelphia.
Seahawks general manager John Schneider has spent the last few offseasons revamping his defensive line. Schneider has invested premium draft picks into EDGE talents such as Boye Mafe and Darrell Taylor. While there’s plenty of talent on the edges of Seattle’s defense, the interior could use some upgrades.
Poona Ford is an unrestricted free agent. Quinton Jefferson is an aging veteran that posted a career-high 5.5 sacks in 2022, but Jefferson isn’t a consistently dominant interior defender. Drafting Bresee would help Seattle complete their rebuilding defensive line.
The Cowboys have questions to address at wide receiver, running back, and tight end this offseason, but Jerry Jones has always valued high-level trench play first and foremost. The Cowboys’ roster has plenty of talent on the flanks—a group that’s highlighted by Micah Parsons and DeMarcus Lawrence. Parsons and Lawrence command the sort of attention that would allow Bresee to dominate one-versus-one opportunities inside.
Osa Odighizuwa led all Cowboys interior defenders with a modest 4.0 sacks. There’s room for improvement. Alternatively, veteran D-tackle Johnathan Hankins isn’t expected back in Dallas next season, and Neville Gallimore hasn’t met his pre-draft expectations. Bresee could help transform Dallas’ defensive line.
The Browns are abysmal up the middle. The Browns’ stingy secondary (196.2 passing yards allowed per game) was let down by a poor excuse of a run defense (135.0 rushing yards allowed per contest). New defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz will expect general manager Andrew Berry to add more defensive tackle talent.
The Browns don’t possess a first-round selection as a result of the Deshaun Watson blockbuster trade. It could prevent Cleveland from drafting Bresee. The Browns could consider trading up from No. 43 overall should Bresee remain available towards the conclusion of the first round, however. Bresee’s draft positioning isn’t a foregone conclusion given his muddied evaluation.
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