Chris Braswell 2023 NFL Draft Scouting Report
- First-year playing significant snaps for the Crimson Tide
- Scheme tendencies: Multiple
- 2022 projected role: Rotational edge rusher
Pros: Chris Braswell’s emergence in the Alabama defense is attributed to his natural athleticism as an edge rusher. As an edge rusher, Braswell has a quick first step that gives him an immediate advantage on most offensive tackles. Braswell uses this first step to give him leverage to get around the edge of offensive linemen. Once he’s at the apex of his rush and when he is in position to turn the edge, Braswell displays fluid hips and can flip them effortlessly to get his momentum directed to the quarterback. Braswell has the ideal height-weight-speed combination that is preferred in edge rushers.
Cons: This is Chris Braswell’s first year receiving significant snaps on the defense and it shows in his lack of a pass-rush plan. Braswell does well at the snap to try to beat offensive linemen with speed or speed to power but there appears to be a lack of nuanced pass-rush moves at his disposal. Braswell appears at times to still be adjusting to the game speed and has a slow reaction to utilize counter moves. Once Braswell’s initial pass-rush move is stopped by the offensive lineman, there may be times when he stalls out in his pass rush. I believe that Braswell has the tools to get better, but he needs the reps and to continue to work on his pass-rush moves. If he can, he can be one of the better rushers in this edge-rush class.
Chris Braswell NFL Draft Scouting Report by Keith Sanchez